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Structured Evidence Queries (SEQs) for the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators

Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) is a ten-year health promotion program for improving the health of all Americans. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HP2020 is organized into 42 subject areas with 600 public health objectives. These objectives, developed and selected through consultation with a broad range of organizations, groups, and individuals, provide a framework for monitoring and measuring improvements in health status of the American population over the ten-year period from 2010 to 2020.

The Leading Health Indicators (LHI) are a set of objectives carefully selected to represent high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them.

The Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (SEQs) are pre-formulated PubMed search strategies intended to support both public health practitioners and researchers in their efforts to achieve specific HP2020 public health objectives. The HP2020 SEQs provide citations to the most up-to-date peer-reviewed literature from the PubMed database of the National Library of Medicine.


The Structured Evidence Queries link each Leading Health Indicator objective to PubMed citations related to that objective. For two LHI objectives, in Clinical Preventive Services (vaccination rate for toddlers) and Injury and Violence (fatal injuries), a set of SEQs is provided to further assist users. Your feedback will help us refine the SEQs over time.

To use an HP2020 SEQ to search PubMed, please expand the Leading Health Indicator topic area ("+") and click the Pubmed Search Button button by the LHI objective.

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1. Access to Health Services Access to Health Services icon

2. Clinical Preventive Services Clinical Preventive Services plus icon

3. Environmental Quality Environmental Quality

4. Injury and Violence Injury and Violence

5. Maternal, Infant and Child Health Maternal, Infant and Child Health

6. Mental Health Mental Health

7. Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

8. Oral Health Oral Health

9. Reproductive and Sexual Health Reproductive and Sexual Health

10. Social Determinants Social Determinants

11. Substance Abuse Substance Abuse

12. Tobacco Tobacco