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Sets of quantitatively expressed health and vital statistics that health planners aspire to achieve by specified target dates. The World Health Organization stated a series of health goals as part of its long-range plans in the “Health for All by the Year 2000” initiative and the challenge was taken up by health officials in the European Union, the United States, and elsewhere. The health goals for the United States were stated in reports from the office of the Surgeon General in 1979, and again in 1991 and 2000. Examples of goals are reduction by specified amounts of perinatal mortality rates, unplanned teen-age pregnancies, smoking prevalence, sexually transmitted diseases. See also Healthy People 2000.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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