Health & Disability

April 21, 2008 • Volume 5, Number 2


Healthy People 2020: The Road Ahead
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease. Currently, Healthy People 2010 is providing a roadmap to achieve increased quality and years of healthy life and the elimination of health disparities. Healthy People 2020 will reflect assessments of major risks to health and wellness, changing public health priorities, and emerging issues related to our nation's health preparedness and prevention.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun to convene regional meetings to discuss the development of the framework for Healthy People 2020, the national health goals for the next decade. For regional meeting locations and dates, please visit Healthy People 2020 website.

Understanding and Celebrating Autism: United Nations Autism Panel Discussion
On April 3, United Nation hosted the Understanding and Celebrating Autism panel discussion in observance of the 1st World Autism Awareness Day. The briefing highlighted the importance of a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the need in enhanced support and services for individuals with ASD and their families. The briefing covered areas of concern regarding autism, on the national and international level, and recognized the disorder as a serious public health issue of today.

The speakers included; Dr. Edwin Trevathan, Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Mrs. Suzanne Wright, Co-Founder, Autism Speaks; Mr. Bob Wright, Co-Founder, Autism Speaks; Mr. Lee Grossman, President and C.E.O., Autism Society of America; and Ms. Valerie Paradiz, Co-Founder of the Open Center for Autism.

Listen to archive webcast panel discussion