Healthy People 2010/2020 is a set of 427 health objectives for the United States to achieve over the first decade of the new century. These objectives are used by the government, public health officials, and healthcare professionals to develop programs that improve the health of our nation. The link to these objectives also contains statistical information.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is a nonprofit organization that provides national advice on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health, and its mission to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health. It works outside the framework of the U.S. federal government to provide independent guidance and analysis and relies on a volunteer workforce of scientists and other experts, operating under a rigorous, formal peer review system. The IOM provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large.

Healthy People 2010/2020

Institute of Medicine


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is a nonprofit organization that provides national advice on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health, and its mission to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health. It works outside the framework of the U.S. federal government to provide independent guidance and analysis and relies on a volunteer workforce of scientists and other experts, operating under a rigorous, formal peer review system. The IOM provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large.


National Center for Health Statistics


The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) compiles statistical information related to health in the United States that is used to guide actions and policies for health improvement. The statistical information includes the health status of populations and sub-populations, health disparities related to age, race, region and socioeconomic status, trends in health care delivery, and evaluations of health care policies and programs.


2010 National Patient Safety Goals


The National Patient Safety Goals is a healthcare improvement program designed by the Joint Commission. The program focuses on patient safety and is designed to stimulate improvement activities for several of the most critical patient safety issues that healthcare organizations are struggling to manage effectively. Each goal has specific requirements that organizations must meet in order to be considered in compliance with the goal.


Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality


The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) is a division of the US Department of Health and Human Resources aimed at improving the quality and appropriateness of healthcare goods and services. Research conducted by the AHRQ focuses on health care quality, costs, outcomes, and patient safety.

National Center for Cultural Competence



The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.


The Joint Commission


The Joint Commission is a independent, nonprofit, agency that provides accreditation status to health-care organizations that comply with their standards of patient care. The purpose of the Joint Commission is to hold healthcare organizations accountable for providing quality health care and putting patient safety first. All healthcare organizations that receive federal or state funding must be accredited with the Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.