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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 young girl points a remote control at a flat panel TV monitor Task Force recommends behavioral interventions to reduce kids TV time and obesity
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends behavioral interventions that aim to reduce recreational sedentary screen time among children. 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.

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 What Else Helps Improve High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol Control?
Reducing patient out-of-pocket costs for medications, says The Community Preventive Services Task Force. See their new recommendation.