Health of Adolescents and Young Adults: Trends in Achieving the 21 Critical National Health Objectives by 2010
The 21 Critical National Health Objectives (CNHOs) for Adolescents and Young Adults derived from Healthy People 2010 addressed the most significant threats to the health of individuals aged 10-24 years. These authors assessed trends in the 21 CNHOs from 1991 to 2009 by gender, race/ethnicity, and age group or school grade-level, using multivariate logistic regression models. They examined whether the health outcomes and behaviors had improved, worsened, or remained unchanged from 1991 to 2009, and from baseline years for which 2010 targets were established to 2009. They also assessed the extent to which each 2010 target was achieved since its respective baseline year. Results show that adolescents and young adults achieved two targets (rode with a driver who had drunk alcohol, physical fighting), improved for 12 CNHOs, made mixed progress by sub-objective for two, showed no progress in four, and regressed in achieving two (Chlamydia infections; overweight). Progress varied by demographic variables. Although encouraging trends were seen in young people's health, the United States achieved only two CNHOs. Modified Author Abstract.