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Health status is defined by the World Health Organization as "the state of health of an individual, group, or population measured against accepted standards." Health status is a profile of health for a specific population in a specific geographic area and time period. Since no single best measure or standard of health exists, it is important to examine a variety of indicators and/or factors that put individuals and populations at increased risk of disease or premature death. Efforts by leading Federal agencies have developed national objectives called "Healthy People 2020," which prioritize opportunities to improve the health of the American people. Target goals have been established for 42 focus areas for the Nation to achieve by the year 2020. In Health Trends, "Healthy People 2020" objectives will be used, whenever possible, as a comparison to Hawai'i.

The specific measures of health status that have been selected for the population of Hawai'i include several dimensions of health and vitality for which reliable data are available. The focus in this section is on issues of longevity, communicable and chronic diseases, lifestyle, and health risk.

> Profile of Hawai`i Health status
> Opportunities For Improvement
> Prevention & Intervention
> Increasing Life Expectancy & Aging
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