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Release: Nov. 30, 2000

Gay appointed to CDC's Healthy People 2010 committee

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jane Gay, co-director of the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT) and director of Iowa COMPASS, has been appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Committee on Healthy People 2010. Gay was selected to serve on the "Healthy People 2010 Disability Chapter."

Healthy People 2010 is the federal government’s national public health plan. First organized in the 1990s as Healthy People 2000, the plan calls for each state to contribute ideas and initiatives for improving the health of all Americans.

A report on Healthy People 2010 has been completed and can be obtained by contacting the CDC at (301) 458-4636. The report is also available online at http://www.cdc.gov. For the first time, the report includes a chapter on "Disability and Secondary Conditions."

Acceptance of the 13 objectives in this chapter is only a beginning. There still will be a decade-long task of implementation. To facilitate this process, the CDC is planning a companion document to Healthy People 2010 titled, "Healthy People with Disabilities." The CDC has invited a small number of individuals to Atlanta in December to participate in working groups that will assist in developing the initial draft of "Healthy People with Disabilities." Work groups will consist of five to seven individuals who will address each of the 13 objectives. Each group will discuss and propose broad strategies, issues and activities for each of the objectives.

IPAT and Iowa COMPASS are programs of University Hospital School, Iowa's University Affiliated Program. University Hospital School is a component of University of Iowa Health Care.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.