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2016 Annual Report to Congress

Using Evidence to Improve Health Outcomes

In the 2016 Annual Report to Congress, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) helps to build the evidence base for public health programs, services, and other interventions to improve health. This report summarizes accomplishments from the past year, and lays out future priorities and plans.

Cover of the 2016 CPSTF Annual Report to Congress

The Community Preventive Services Task Force is a panel of public health and prevention experts appointed by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its members represent a broad range of local, state, and national research, practice, and policy expertise in community preventive services, public health, health promotion, and disease prevention.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the CPSTF and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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.

Cover of the 2016 USPSTF Annual Report to CongressSixth Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services External Web Site Icon
This report prioritizes evidence gaps related to six topics, including autism screening and tobacco smoking cessation with electronic nicotine delivery systems.