196341 Achievement of Healthy People 2010 Objectives by Military Health System Beneficiaries

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Carolyn Reyes, MPH , Hser, RTI International, Washington, DC
Laurel L. Hourani, PhD, MPH , Behavioral Health Research Division, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC

This study examined Military Health System (MHS) beneficiaries' progress toward selected Healthy People 2010 (HP2010) objectives. Self-reported survey data were used to assess whether the objectives were met.


A representative stratified sample of beneficiaries from the MHS (n = 55,000) were asked to complete an anonymous mail or web survey.


Population Health Survey (PHS) used questions derived from other major national surveys to facilitate comparisons with civilian and non-beneficiary data.


Statistical tests included logistic regression models to examine the relationship between sociodemographic characteristics of MHS beneficiaries and specific health promotion and health risk outcomes identified in HP2010 objectives.


MHS beneficiaries met several of the HP2010 objectives included in this study. According to beneficiary categories, retirees and their dependents over 65 years old met the smoking cessation, tobacco use, and binge drinking objectives. Active Duty (AD) and AD dependents both met the vigorous physical activity objective, while women in these groups met objectives for ever or in the past 3 years receiving a Pap test. All beneficiary groups met the objectives for ever receiving a sigmoidoscopy, moderate physical activity, and receiving a mammogram within the past 2 years. Logistic regression results demonstrated that sociodemographic characteristics varied according to different HP2010 objectives.


MHS beneficiaries met goals primarily related to cancer screening and moderate/vigorous physical activity and varied by beneficiary category.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the methods used to assess progress toward achieving Healthy People (HP) 2010 objectives in a military beneficiary population. 2. Discuss issues with achievement and nonachievement of HP 2010 objectives in this population.

Keywords: Healthy People 2000/2010, Health Objectives

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Served as data manager on the study; was lead author in developing this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.