Objective of the Government Sponsored Program, Healthy People 2010

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Healthy People 2010 and now Health People 2020 is a governmental sponsored program in which there are science-based objectives for the health of all Americans. The program was established to: 1) encourage collaboration across regions and communities; 2) empower individuals to make informed decisions about their health and to take some responsibility for their healthcare, and 3) to measure the impact of health prevention activities across the nation. The power of the initiative is that it encourages prevention and communication across states, regions, ethnicities, and communities (About Health People, 2012). Upson County, Georgia, is the focus of our analysis based on the Healthy People initiative. It is part of the greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area, and was created in 1824. According to the 2010 Census, the population in 2010 was 27, 153 with over 50% adults between 18 and 64 years of age. The county is primarily White (70%) and African American as the dominant minority (28%). Sixty-nine percent of the population are home owners, with the median home value $92,500, about half that as the median value for the State of Georgia. The median household income is $34,068, down from the State's $29,736, and 20.1% of the population are living below the poverty line. The county is home to Southern Crescent Technical College and several tourist sites from the Old South. Thomaston Mills was the major employer in the county until 2001, when the company moved its operations to Mexico,
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