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Community Preventive Services Task Force First Annual Report to Congress

and to Agencies Related to the Work of the Task Force 2011

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in 2010, directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to convene an independent Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). Under this legislation, the Task Force is mandated to provide yearly reports to Congress and to agencies related to the work of the Task Force. The Task Force's first report to Congress describes:

  • The Task Force and its methods, findings and recommendations
  • Evidence gaps that can be filled through additional research combined with evaluation of existing programs, services, and policies
  • Priorities for future Task Force efforts
  • Examples of how states, local communities, and worksites have used Task Force recommendations

  • Executive Summary Adobe PDF File [PDF - 554 kB]
  • Community Preventive Services Task Force First Annual Report to Congress Adobe PDF File [PDF - 1207 kB]
    • Overview and Background of the Task Force and Community Guide
    • Community Guide Topics and Task Force Findings
    • Types of Major Evidence Gaps
    • Priorities for Future Reviews
    • The Community Guide in Action
      • Increasing Everyday Physical Activity
      • Improving Workers' Health and Productivity and Employers' Bottom Lines
      • Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving and Motor Vehicle Injuries and Deaths
      • Reducing Tobacco Use
      • Improving Cancer Screening Rates in Underserved Communities
    • Current Task Force Members
    • Task Force Liaison Agencies and Organizations
    • Figure: Relationships Between the Task Force, Community Guide, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Liaisons, and Partners
    • Task Force Findings and Recommendations 1997 - 2011

First Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services

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Concurrent with the release of the Community Preventive Services Task Force's first Annual Report to Congress, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) External Web Site Icon issued their first report to Congress External Web Site Icon. The report provides an overview of the USPSTF and identifies eleven high-priority evidence gaps that can be addressed through targeted research.

The work of the Community Preventive Services Task Force complements that of the USPSTF, which makes recommendations about the effectiveness of clinical preventive services and health promotion. Taken together, the recommendations of the two Task Forces provide our nation with knowledge of how health is improved by prevention in both clinical and community settings. The two reports were submitted to Congress together to demonstrate the close collaboration of the two Task Forces, and to provide a full picture of our nation's prevention research needs.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.