The Healthypeople.gov website highlights the national objectives for improving the health of American citizens. More specifically, Healthypeople.gov has introduced the Health People 2020 whose vision is to create a society in which people live long and healthy lives. Some of the overarching goals of Health People 2020 include: attaining high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death; achieving health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups; creating social and physical environments that promote good health for all; and promoting quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages (Healthy People, 2018).
I believe that these goals will positively impact the health of the nation in several ways. For instance, it promotes preventable health care and this implies that serious illnesses will be avoided. Attempts to attain health equity will also promote positive health outcomes as marginalized groups will now access health care. With improved health outcomes, the nation will spend less on health and more funds will be directed to other development programs. Improved health outcomes will also lead to increased productivity as more people will be well enough to work and build the nation.
As a nurse, I could incorporate the Health people 2010 goals in several ways. For instance, I could become more cultural competent by being aware of differences in cultures and how I could respond better to people from different cultural backgrounds by addressing their individual health care needs. I could also promote disease prevention by talking to my patients about the importance of having regular checkups and visiting the hospital as soon as one feels unwell. Besides, I could encourage healthy behaviors by talking to my patients about physical activity and proper nutrition and how this could help improve health outcomes (Pappas-Rogich & King, 2014).