There have been four previous Healthy People initiatives.(2) The initiative involves the work of multiple agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Health and Human Services. Several lead federal agencies are involved.
While a debate about contraception and health insurance coverage continues, many government officials are working to get the US statistics on par with other Western countries. The US government set a broad family planning goal to “improve pregnancy planning and spacing, and prevent unintended pregnancy.”