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May 2017
Nominations are open for new members of the Community Preventive Services Task Force

Task Force Nominations Open Now

Nominations for new Community Preventive Services Task Force members will be accepted through July 3, 2017.


May 2017
A family playing baseball in their yard.

Interventions for the Whole Family Get Kids Moving

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends family-based interventions to increase physical activity among children. This finding is based on a systematic review of evidence that showed modest increases in physical activity among children.


May 2017
A family rides bicycles on a community bike path

Combined Built Environment Features Help Communities Get Active

The Community Preventive Services Task Force found that built environment approaches used in combination can help increase physical activity in communities. These approaches combine new or enhanced transportation systems (e.g. pedestrian and cycling paths) with new or enhanced land use design (e.g. proximity to a store, access to a public park) to promote physical activity among residents.


April 2017
A young boy gets a plate including healthy fruits and vegetables from a school cafeteria

Obesity: Interventions to Support Healthier Foods and Beverages in Schools

The Community Preventive Services Task Force issued four separate findings for interventions to increase the availability of healthier meals, snacks, and beverages in schools.


March 2017
A group of teenagers. Read the story of YouthAlert! reducing youth violence through universal school-based interventions

YouthAlert! Uses Teamwork and Education to Prevent Youth Violence

YouthAlert!, a non-profit community outreach program in Kentucky, seeks to reduce youth violence through universal school-based interventions recommended by Community Preventive Services Task Force. By instituting school-based interventions in the program’s home state before expanding nationwide, YouthAlert! aims to reduce youth violence through education and teamwork. Read the Community Guide in Action story about the development of this program.


March 2017
Image of single car driving on road in a rural area representing the setting for a Community Guide in Action story.

New York Makes Cancer a Public Health Priority

Using evidence-based interventions recommended by the Task Force, the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Cancer Prevention and Control seeks to reduce the burden of cancer by increasing screening rates for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers throughout the state. Read the Community Guide in Action story about their work.


February 2017
A retro style silver audio microphone

Listen to The Community Guide

Audio clips have just been added! Learn about the Prevent Diabetes STAT™ campaign, hear the chair reflect on his experience with the Community Preventive Services Task Force, and listen to a partner share how she uses The Community Guide.


February 2017
A person runs on a treadmill

Houston Cancer Center Develops Employee Health Program

The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas used Task Force recommendations on community-based health programs to develop a campus-wide health improvement project with a focus on physical activity in the workplace. The program includes social support interventions and access to Be Well stations with exercise equipment. Read the Community Guide in Action story about the development of this program.


February 2017
A community health worker meets with a senior couple

Diabetes Prevention: Interventions Engaging Community Health Workers Improve Risk Factors and Health Outcomes

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends interventions engaging community health workers (CHWs) for diabetes prevention based. These interventions are effective for people at increased risk for type 2 diabetes.


January 2017
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.

New Resource Outlines Ways to Use Insufficient Evidence Findings

The Task Force finds insufficient evidence for an intervention approach when there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against use of an intervention. Brief guides written for public health practitioners, public health funders, and public health researchers outline how to interpret and use insufficient evidence findings.


November 2016
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New What Works: Improving Women’s Health Fact Sheet

Do you know what to do about the leading health conditions affecting women? Learn more about the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) findings that can be used to improve women’s health.


October 2016
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Electronic Screening and Brief Intervention Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use

Two new publications are now available online—the evidence review and Task Force recommendation for electronic screening and brief interventions to prevent excessive alcohol use.


September 2016
A mother applies sunscreen to her child's back to prevent over exposure to the sun at the beach.

Community-Based Skin Cancer Prevention that Works

New publications feature the effectiveness evidence and Task Force findings for two interventions to prevent skin cancer.


June 2016
A group of high school students studying in a classroom.

Task Force Recommends School-Based Health Centers to Promote Health Equity

School-based health centers for low-income children boost school performance and improve health prospects, says the Community Preventive Services Task Force.


March 2016
A young girl points a remote control at a flat panel television monitor

New Publications: Behavioral Screen Time Interventions Prevent Childhood Obesity

Interventions have been shown to reduce sedentary screen time among children. Peer-reviewed journal publication now available online.