Community Guide News and Announcements
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.
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.
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!
The Community Guide in Action
The San Diego Prevention Research Center used Task Force findings to increase physical activity among Latinos.
Call for Nominations to the Task Force:
Submit names of qualified individuals by December 8.
The Community Preventive Service Task Force is now on Twitter @CPSTF!
Follow us and retweet messages about Task Force Recommendations and other findings.
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.
Want to know what combination of interventions increase vaccination rates?
See two new Community Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on this topic.
Report to Congress Features Cancer Prevention
The Community Preventive Services Task Force released its 2014-2015 annual report to Congress, with a focus on the Task Force's work in strengthening our nation's ability to prevent cancers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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
New Publications Show Health Communication Works
Health communication campaigns with mass media and product distribution lead to health behavior changes.
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 >>
Universal Motorcycle Helmet Laws Save Lives, Money
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends universal helmet laws to reduce deaths and injuries.
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
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.
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>>)
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>>
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>>
Publicized Sobriety Checkpoints Save Lives
Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends publicized checkpoints to reduce alcohol-impaired driving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 >>
Preparing for Public Health Department Accreditation?
Then The Community Guide – Public Health Accreditation Board Standards Crosswalk is designed for you. Read more >>
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.
New Technologies Used to Reduce Excessive Drinking
The Task Force recommends electronic screening and brief intervention to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and related harms.
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.