Healthy People 2010

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In the year 2000, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will release Healthy People 2010, the third set of health-promotion and disease-prevention objectives for the nation. One of the focus areas within these objectives is maternal and infant health. This focus area comprises objectives addressing maternal health status and risk factors; infant health status, risk factors, and outcomes; and the use of essential health services by pregnant women, infants, and women of childbearing age. The objectives in this focus area were developed by a multidisciplinary, interagency working group coordinated by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The workgroup proposed 39 objectives in 12 clusters. This article presents these objectives and their associated baseline data and targets for the year 2010. Members of the MCH community are encouraged to review and comment on these objectives during the public comment period.

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