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Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce

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Library and Information Science | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health


Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) provides national objectives to guide health promotion and disease prevention efforts in the United States. Public health professionals and policy makers may have limited time to identify relevant research evidence to inform program planning and policy development. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recognized the need to reduce the time and increase the precision of finding research literature to support the development of evidence-based actions to achieve HP2020 objectives. NLM collaborated with the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to develop pre-formulated search strategies - structured evidence queries (SEQs) - of the PubMed database to make research evidence related to HP2020 objectives easier to find. The search queries were developed by librarians, working in consultation with subject matter experts in public health. The HP2020 SEQ website is organized by HP2020 topic areas and provides PubMed search results for HP2020 objectives including the Leading Health Indicators, a subset of high-priority health issues that represent significant threats to the public’s health. The PubMed search strategies were designed to return a manageable number of relevant citations for busy public health professionals to review. The search strategies can be modified in PubMed to address particular practice and research needs. Information to help users learn more about PubMed, obtain full-text copies of articles, and find additional resources for public health practice are provided in the FAQs section of the site. The resource was developed as a result of an effective partnership between librarians, public health professionals, and subject experts.


Evidence-based public health, Healthy People 2020, PubMed

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Simpson EH, EH, Sedlar LA, Lang LA. Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries: Facilitating access to published research for public health planning and policy development. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Abstract 278465, Boston, MA, November 5, 2013.

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2013 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

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Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries available at; PHPartners available at

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