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Two young girls practice hula hooping in a PE class. The Community Guide in Action
Illinois used a Task Force recommendation to develop and implement an enhanced physical education program for students across the state.

Cover of the 2016 Annual Report to Congress 2016 Annual Report to Congress
The Community Preventive Services Task Force has released, Using Evidence to Improve Health Outcomes: 2016 Annual Report to Congress, Federal Agencies, and Prevention Stakeholders.

A group of high school students studying in a classroom. School-Based Health Centers Publications Now Available
New publications feature the effectiveness and economic evidence as well as the Task Force recommendation for school-based health centers in low-income communities.

A young girl points a remote control at a flat panel TV monitor Behavioral Screen Time Interventions Prevent Childhood Obesity
Interventions have been shown to reduce sedentary screen time among children. Peer-reviewed journal publication now available online.

Join the Community Guide @CPSTF for the first #works4health Twitter Chat. Twitter Chat -- June 22
Join @CPSTF for its first #works4health Twitter chat and sign up to support the Thunderclap!

The new Community Guide homepage displayed on a laptop computer. We Need YOUR Feedback on the Next Generation of The Community Guide
We need your help shaping The Community Guide experience of the near future! Interested in joining a brief usability testing session?

Three yellow school buses lined up side by side. School Dismissals to Reduce Transmission of Pandemic Influenza
Learn about Community Preventive Services Task Force findings on coordinated school dismissals to reduce or delay spread of infection.

Two women buckling a young child into a car safety seat. The Community Guide in Action
Task Force findings were used to prevent motor vehicle-related injury for the Hopi Tribe in Arizona and the Yurok Tribe Reservation in California.

A group of men standing in front of a bench. The Community Guide in Action
One organization increased cancer screening rates and the other increased physical activity—both with Task Force findings. Read each story to learn more about their success.

Students in a college classroom study items on laptop computers. The Community Guide in Action
Did you know The Community Guide could be used as an educational tool? Learn how professors at three different universities used The Community Guide in their classrooms.

A pill bottle with a one hundred dollar bill as the label.  The bottle is full of various pills, which also lay around the bottle New Publication: Reducing Medication Costs Improves Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
A newly published systematic review shows that reducing patient out-of-pocket costs for medications can improve health.

A young girl wearing a backpack and carrying a folder of papers. Task Force Recommends Early Childhood Education Programs to Improve Health Outcomes
Early childhood education programs for low-income and minority children improve educational and health prospects, says the Community Preventive Services Task Force.

A nurse shows a male patient the readout of a digital blood pressure monitor. What's New in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control?
Two Task Force recommendations and new publications about cardiovascular disease prevention and control are now available!

People working out in a gymnasium. The Community Guide in Action
The San Diego Prevention Research Center used Task Force findings to increase physical activity among Latinos.

The words Call for Nominations across a blue background. Call for Nominations to the Task Force:
Submit names of qualified individuals by December 8.

A yellow background with a blue dashed circle. Inside the circle are the letters CPSTF. The Community Preventive Service Task Force is now on Twitter @CPSTF!
Follow us and retweet messages about Task Force Recommendations and other findings.

A young girl looks at her lunch plate full of healthy food. The Community Guide in Action
Two new stories about using evidence-based findings from the Task Force feature a local health department's efforts to improve the health of school environments and a technology-based program to help employees achieve wellness.

Vials of various vaccinations set in a rack Want to know what combination of interventions increase vaccination rates?
See two new Community Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on this topic.

A hand holding a digital glucose monitor in front of a table full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Now Published: Diet & Physical Activity Programs Help People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
The Task Force recommends combined diet and physical activity programs for people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Peer-reviewed journal publications now online.

Two women looking at paperwork on healthy lifestyles. Engaging Community Health Workers Recommended to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
Public health interventions that engage community health workers help people manage risk factors and prevent cardiovascular disease, and reduce health disparities.

A white heart shape composed of words that relate to health care. Now Published: The Benefit of Mental Health Benefit Laws
Mental health benefit laws help those who need care with little added cost for insurance plans.

Adolescent children running for exercise on an outdoor pathway. New recommendation highlights importance of enhanced school-based physical education
Studies of enhanced school-based physical education programs conducted found that students who participated in these programs spent more time engaging in moderate- to vigorous- intensity physical activity.

A group of high school graduates in their caps and gowns. New Publication: High School Completion Programs Improve Health
Programs improve long-term health for minority and low-income groups. Peer-reviewed journal publication now available online.

Two men examining an electronic screening system. The Community Guide in Action – Cancer Screening in South Georgia
Task Force recommendations applied to reduce cancer-related disparities in a largely rural, medically underserved region in Georgia.

The hands of three women, one White and two African American, are stacked on top of each other; each wrist has a bracelet made from black coral. The Community Guide in Action: Tell Us Your Story
Have you used a Community Preventive Services Task Force finding to develop a public health or patient program, inform a policy, shape a research agenda, justify funding, or support accreditation efforts? If so, we want to know about it! Read more >>

A crushed, unlit cigarette Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs Reduce Tobacco Use
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.

A grocery bag of vegetables sits atop an analog dial scale Evidence Says Diet + Physical Activity Programs Reduce Type 2 Diabetes
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends combined diet and physical activity promotion programs to reduce new-onset type 2 diabetes

People walking and riding bicycles with skyscrapers in the background New Publications Show Health Communication Works
Health communication campaigns with mass media and product distribution lead to health behavior changes.

A black backpack hangs from the open door of a locker, in a group of red lockers. Task Force Recommends Education Programs to Promote Health Equity
High school completion and out-of-school-time academic programs improve long-term health for minority and low-income groups. More >>

Two riders on a silver motorcycle.  Each rider is wearing a full face motorcycle helmet. Universal Motorcycle Helmet Laws Save Lives, Money
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends universal helmet laws to reduce deaths and injuries.

A computer keyboard features a key with the word vaccination. New Publication: Immunization Information Systems Increase Vaccination Rates
Systems enhance collaboration between vaccination providers and public health agencies and help coordinate interventions to increase vaccination rates. >>more

A teacher turns pages in a picture book for a group of children. New Publication: Full-day Kindergarten Boosts Health Equity for Low-Income, Minority Kids
Improving health equity starts with full-day kindergarten, according to a new Task Force recommendation.

Manual blood pressure monitor on top of an EKG report. Manuscripts Available: Team-Based Care to Improve Blood Pressure Control
See the peer-reviewed articles for this previously announced Community Preventive Services Task Force recommendation (more>>)

A blue sign with white lettering reads Tobbacco Free Campus. More Ways to Increase the Number of Tobacco Quitters
The Community Preventive Services Task Force finds strong evidence that two strategies increase quitting, reduce tobacco-related illness and death, and have economic benefits. more>>

Two bottles of sunscreen sit upright in the sand of a beach, with the ocean in the background. Evidence Shows Community-Based Skin Cancer Prevention Works
Interested in what works to increase sun protective behavior in many outdoor settings? See the community-based skin cancer prevention recommendations released by the Community Preventive Services Task Force. more>>

An orange diamond shaped roadsign, with the words 'Sobriety Checkpoint Ahead' in black letters. Publicized Sobriety Checkpoints Save Lives
Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends publicized checkpoints to reduce alcohol-impaired driving.

A red toolbox with various tools - hammer, saw, level - protruding through the open top. The Community Guide Toolbox
The Community Guide Toolbox is an online resource that works hand-in-hand with The Community Guide website to help public health practitioners apply evidence-based intervention strategies.

The front of the Health Communication fact sheet. What Works – New Fact Sheets Highlight Findings
Now it's even easier to share and use Task Force findings on two Community Guide topics. Health Communication and Social Marketing, and Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention are now summarized in handy What Works fact sheets.

A woman sits in a yoga pose as she overlooks a desert area. The Community Guide in Action
Two new stories about using evidence-based recommendations in the Community Guide feature a local health department's preparation for accreditation and an effort to improve employee health.

Community Guide button images and the associated code needed to place them on the website. Buttons Make it Even Easier to Share The Community Guide
A collection of virtual buttons featuring different Community Guide products is now available to post on your website.

A red telephone handset connected to a red base with a black cord. What Works to Boost Tobacco Cessation?
Tobacco quitlines? Lower quit costs for tobacco users? Mass reach communications? All of these work, says the Community Preventive Services Task Force. Read more >>

Cover of the PHAB Crosswalk report Preparing for Public Health Department Accreditation?
Then The Community Guide – Public Health Accreditation Board Standards Crosswalk is designed for you. Read more >>

A doctor in a white lab coat points to a computer screen. Clinical Decision-Support Systems Can Help Improve Provider Practices
Task Force recommends clinical decision-support systems to improve provider practices related to prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Finger touching the screen of a digital tablet. New Technologies Used to Reduce Excessive Drinking
The Task Force recommends electronic screening and brief intervention to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and related harms.

Cover of the 2013 Annual Report to Congress Report to Congress Features Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
The Community Preventive Services Task Force released its 2013 annual report to Congress, the first to focus on evidence-based recommendations on specific health topic.