Taking Action for a Healthy America
November 7, 2011
Contact: Alexandra Bornkessel
Phone: (202) 240-4257
IQ Solutions recently joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 Consortium to show support for the national health initiative and encourage other businesses to do the same. Currently, the Consortium includes more than 2,800 members across the country.
The Healthy People 2020 Consortium is a diverse, motivated group of agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, religious entities, and colleges and universities committed to achieving Healthy People 2020 objectives.
“It’s important to get involved,” said Ileana Quintas, CEO and Founder of IQ Solutions. “We look forward to implementing Healthy People within our own walls—as well as in the communities where we live. Our ongoing cultural celebrations, corporate philanthropy, and community involvement all work to address social justice and improve health equity. The time is now.”
Healthy People 2020 creates a vision to improve health and achieve health equity for everyone, and it includes measurable objectives with targets to be achieved over the decade.
Taking steps to help achieve Healthy People 2020, IQ Solutions will continue to prioritize its work in reaching and empowering all Americans—especially vulnerable populations and those most at risk—with the knowledge, information, and tools they need.
“As health communicators, we benefit from the wealth of information posted on the Healthy People 2020 Web site,” said Kim Callinan, M.P.P., senior vice president for health communications and social marketing at IQ Solutions. “The challenge is to help people translate the science-based information into real behavior change. How do we create lasting change? One step at a time.”
About Healthy People
Raising the bar for 2020, Healthy People strives to “achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups” by focusing on health disparities.
One of Healthy People 2020’s Foundational Health Measures includes an exploration of “determinants of health.” For example, social determinants of health include “the environment in which people are born, live, learn, play, work, and age.” Individuals raised in hardship often need help adapting to life’s pressures, including basics such as finding a job, shelter, clothing, and food.
Consortium membership is free to any organization that pledges to be an active supporter of Healthy People. For more information, visit HealthyPeople.gov.