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Jonathan E. Fielding Community Guide Champion Award

Community Guide champions enthusiastically support and promote the use of Community Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and the systematic review methods used to reach them. They help to advance The Community Guide’s mission and promote evidence-based decision making in research and practice.

The Jonathan E. Fielding Community Guide Champion award was established to honor some of these people, starting with its namesake.

Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, MA
June 2019

Jonathan Fielding speaks at the 2019 Community Guide celebration

Dr. Fielding chaired the Community Preventive Services Task Force for twenty years. He also chaired the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Healthy People 2020 objectives, and he is currently a Co-Chair for the Healthy People 2030 objectives. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, and he is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Fielding recognized early in his career as a pediatric physician that many childhood health problems were rooted in larger systemic issues affecting communities. His experience as a member of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, and later as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, led him to become one of the founding members of the Community Preventive Services Task Force. His dedication to the CPSTF and The Community Guide over the past 23 years resulted in the CPSTF’s singular ability to provide economic findings to inform program, policy, and service decisions and to address social determinants of health and health equity issues. The Community Guide and all its partners are honored to have such a champion in Dr. Fielding, a renowned and highly regarded leader in public health.

Robert (Bob) Brewer, MD, MSPH, CAPT, USPHS (ret)
August 2019

Jonathan Fielding and Bob Brewer in June 2019

Shortly after helping to launch the CDC’s Alcohol Program in 2001, Dr. Brewer began working with The Community Guide to systematically review available scientific evidence about population-based prevention strategies for excessive alcohol use (e.g., regulating alcohol outlet density). He worked in close collaboration with Community Guide staff to garner support from leadership at CDC and other HHS agencies, including NIH and SAMHSA, and helped recruit experts in alcohol and public health to serve on the alcohol coordination team. He also worked with leadership in what is now the Division of Population Health to leverage limited resources to support Community Guide staff, who performed comprehensive reviews of the scientific literature on alcohol interventions using strict Community Guide review criteria. Based on the scientific evidence compiled by the alcohol coordination team, the Community Preventive Services Task Force issued recommendations and findings for 10 population-based strategies to prevent excessive alcohol use.

Using evidence featured in The Community Guide, Dr. Brewer helped shape the prevention approaches outlined in the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health pdf icon [PDF - 11.9 MB] External Web Site Icon.

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