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2012 Annual Report to Congress

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

The CPSTF reports describe:

  • The CPSTF and its methods, findings and recommendations
  • Key activities
  • Evidence gaps that can be filled through additional research combined with evaluation of existing programs, services, and other interventions
  • Priorities for future CPSTF efforts
  • Examples of how states, communities, and worksites have used CPSTF recommendations

Cover of the 2012 CPSTF Annual Report to Congress


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.

Cover of the 2012 USPSTF Annual Report to CongressU.S. Preventive Services Task Force - Second Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services External Web Site Icon
The work of the Community Preventive Services Task Force complements that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) External Web Site Icon 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 are 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.