Arlington, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has submitted comments containing recommendations for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Healthy People 2030 initiative, which develops a new set of evidence-based, 10-year national objectives aimed at improving the health of all Americans.


  • NACDS describes the power of pharmacist interventions to improve patient health and to reduce healthcare costs.
  • NACDS emphasizes the education level of pharmacists and the accessibility of pharmacies.
  • The comments note the potential for better alignment of HP2030 objectives with existing initiatives at HHS and strengthening objectives to improve patient health and patient outcomes.
  • NACDS urged the strengthening of objectives related to access to preventive services, increased immunization rates and chronic disease management.

“Community pharmacists are trusted and accessible healthcare professionals who serve as frontline providers of preventive and chronic care services. Through public policy, pharmacists can be empowered to practice to the full extent of their education, for the ultimate better of patients in communities nationwide. NACDS is dedicated to helping advance population health and we appreciate this important opportunity to shape the HP2030 framework, which will set the public health agenda for the coming decade.”

– NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE