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The Community Guide in Action

Community Guide in Action stories feature decision-makers, program planners, employers, and leaders from across the country who have used The Community Guide to make people safer and healthier.

Vaccination

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Community, Urban

Use
Address Health Issue, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Enhance Public Health Quality Improvement Program, Identify/Apply for Funding

A Good Shot: Reaching Immunization Targets in Duval County

First page of the Florida Vaccination In Action storyThe Duval County Health Department in Jacksonville, Florida was challenged with low childhood immunization rates, particularly in its urban core. By implementing a quality improvement strategy that combined multiple Community Guide recommendations, they reached the national target within one year. (Released 2012)

Asthma, Diabetes, Tobacco, Vaccination

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Community, Home, Rural

Use
Address Health Issue, Conduct CHA/Develop CHIP, Educate, Develop Funding Application/Criteria for Evaluation, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Enhance Public Health Quality Improvement Program, Identify/Apply for Funding

An Evidence-Based Approach to Montana's Health Landscape

First page of the Montana Public Health In Action storyThe Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services turns to The Community Guide as a primary resource for program planning, funding applications, and partner collaboration. They have used Task Force findings to develop programs aimed at increasing vaccinations, reducing tobacco use, and controlling asthma. (Released 2012)

Physical Activity, Worksite Health

Setting
Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue

At MD Anderson, Wellness Starts in the Neighborhood

First page of the MD Anderson Worksite Wellness In Action storyMD Anderson Cancer Center wanted to create an employee wellness program for the nearly 20,000 employees spread across its massive Houston campus. The center’s former wellness officer, William B. Baun, EPD, CWP, FAWHP, used evidence-based approaches from the Guide to Community Preventative Services to develop tailored wellness programs for each “neighborhood” in the campus. These programs included Be Well stations with workout equipment and social support interventions. Employee buy-in and neighborhood ownership made a big difference in creating culture change with a focus in employee wellness. (Released 2017)

Cancer

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Community, Rural

Use
Address Health Issue, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Help Community Understand Health Issues, Identify/Apply for Funding

Black Corals: A Gem of Cancer Screening Program in South Carolina

First page of the South Carolina Cancer Screening Community Guide in Action storyIn rural South Carolina the risk of cancer-related death is a complex public health problem. The St. James-Santee Family Health Center launched Black Corals to increase cancer screening among women. The Community Guide served as a resource to help the Black Corals program dramatically increase breast and cervical cancer screenings in their community. (Released 2012)

Adolescent Health, Cancer, Oral Health, Tobacco, Worksite Health

Setting
Business/Retail, Clinical/Health Systems, Community, Rural, Urban, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue, Educate, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Help Community Understand Health Issues, Identify/Apply for Funding

Blueprint for Success in Reducing Tobacco Use

First page of Nebraska Tobacco Reduction In Action storyThe City of Lincoln and Lancaster County, Nebraska used Community Guide recommendations to build a plan to lessen tobacco use. Their approach led to county-wide reductions in tobacco use, and led to the state's decision to model their smoking ban on the one developed by the City of Lincoln, and eventually, to monumental state-wide policy changes. (Released 2012)

Motor Vehicle Injury

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Community, Rural

Use
Address Health Issue, Educate, Develop Funding Application/Criteria for Evaluation, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Help Community Understand Health Issues, Identify/Apply for Funding

Buckle Up Yurok

The first page of the "Buckle Up Yurok" In Action storyThe California Rural Indian Health Board received a grant from CDC to develop a motor vehicle injury prevention program for the Yurok Tribe in California. The reservation saw increased child safety seat use each year after the program began. (Released 2015)

Cancer

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Community, Rural

Use
Address Health Issue, Fill Evidence Gap, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Help Community Understand Health Issues, Identify/Apply for Funding

Community Cancer Screening Program: Implementing Interventions to Address Disparities

First page of the South Georgia Cancer Screening In Action storyThe Cancer Coalition of South Georgia used recommendations from The Community Guide to reduce cancer-related disparities in a largely rural, medically underserved region in the state. The Community Cancer Screening Program™ started as a pilot program and now serves more than 25 counties in southern Georgia. (Released 2015)

Adolescent Health, Tobacco

Setting
Business/Retail, Community, Rural, School, Urban, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue, Educate, Develop Funding Application/Criteria for Evaluation, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Help Community Understand Health Issues, Identify/Apply for Funding

Community-Wide Effort to Make Florida Tobacco Free

First page of Florida Tobacco Free In Action storyFlorida public health practitioners, community advocates, and residents joined forces to change state policy in order to stem tobacco related health issues. Evidence-based interventions, like the ones found in The Community Guide, were applied across the state and led to substantial reductions in tobacco use and personal health care expenditures. (Released 2012)

Diabetes, Obesity, Physical Activity

Setting
Community, Recreation, Rural, School, Urban, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue, Conduct CHA/Develop CHIP, Educate, Develop Funding Application/Criteria for Evaluation, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Identify/Apply for Funding

Creating Walkable Communities in Rural North Carolina

First page of the North Carolina Walkable Communities In Action storyGranville County, North Carolina wanted to reduce the health-related risks associated with obesity by increasing physical activity among residents. Using The Community Guide as a resource, the county created the Granville Greenways Master Plan to make physical activity more accessible by creating more walkable communities. (Released 2012)

Adolescent Health, Obesity, Physical Activity

Setting
Rural, School, Urban

Use
Address Health Issue, Conduct CHA/Develop CHIP

Enhanced Physical Education in Illinois: Improving Health and Reducing Chronic Disease

First page of Illinois Enhanced PE In Action StoryIn Illinois, one in three children are overweight or obese and at increased risk for chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Concerns of rising obesity rates led policymakers in Illinois to develop and implement an enhanced physical education program in schools based on evidence-based intervention strategies from The Community Guide. (Released 2016)

Read the previous Community Guide in Action story, Reducing Obesity Rates in Illinois: Path to Enhanced Physical Education pdf icon [PDF - 409 kB], to learn more about the state’s efforts to improve students’ health.

Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity, Tobacco, Worksite Health

Setting
Community, Recreation, Rural, School, Urban, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue, Develop Funding Application/Criteria for Evaluation, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Identify/Apply for Funding

Evidence-Based Recommendations Get Minnesotans in the Groove

First page of the Minnesota Physical Activity In Action storyAs chronic disease weighed on the nation's health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota launched a long-term health initiative aimed at getting Minnesotans up, active, and embracing a healthier lifestyle through the use of evidence-based strategies found in The Community Guide. (Released 2012)

Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity

Setting
Community, Home, Recreation, Urban

Use
Address Health Issue, Conduct CHA/Develop CHIP, Educate, Seek Funding, Identify/Apply for Funding

Familias Sanas y Activas: Improving Health among Latinos in San Diego

The first page of the San Diego Physical Activity In Action storyThe San Diego Prevention Research Center is improving the health of Latinos in the city with a free physical activity program. Weekly exercise classes are held throughout the community. (Released 2015)

Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity, Tobacco

Setting
Rural, School, Urban

Use
Address Health Issue, Conduct CHA/Develop CHIP, Develop Funding Application/Criteria for Evaluation, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Enhance Public Health Quality Improvement Program, Prepare for Accreditation, Identify/Apply for Funding

Healthy Schools Equal Healthy Kids

The first page of the Healthy Schools In Action storyThe Northern Kentucky Health Department used health-related policy and environmental findings from the Task Force to improve the health of school environments in the region. The health department used the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Index to measure those improvements. (Released 2015)

Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity, Tobacco, Worksite Health

Setting
Community, Rural, Urban, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Identify/Apply for Funding

Investing in Worksite Wellness for Employees

First page of the Dow Chemical Company Worksite Wellness In Action storyThe Dow Chemical Company's health promotion program is part of an integrated health strategy to improve the health of its 52,000 employees around the world. Dow uses The Community Guide as a resource to shape these programs and address chronic disease risk factors such as obesity, physical activity, and tobacco use among its employees. (Released 2012)

Physical Activity

Setting
Community, Recreation, Rural

Use
Address Health Issue, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Identify/Apply for Funding

It Takes a Village: Rural Residents Help Make Their Community Healthier

The first page of the It Takes a Village In Action StoryStep Into Cuba is a community program to reduce chronic disease and improve the health of residents by increasing physical activity through access to natural environments. The program used Task Force findings to build and improve walking trails throughout the community. (Released 2015)

Excessive Alcohol Consumption, Motor Vehicle Injury

Setting
Community, Rural, Urban

Use
Address Health Issue, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Help Community Understand Health Issues, Identify/Apply for Funding

Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Limits Saves Lives

First page of the Lowering Blood Alcohol Limits In Action storyExperts used The Community Guide's review process to examine the effectiveness of lowering the illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for automobile drivers. The results of this assessment formed the basis for the Task Force recommendation that 0.08 percent BAC laws are effective in reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities. (Released 2012)

Setting
Rural, Urban

Use
Conduct CHA/Develop CHIP, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Prepare for Accreditation, Identify/Apply for Funding

Maricopa County's Journey Toward Public Health Accreditation

First page of Maricopa, AZ Accreditation In Action storyThe Maricopa County Department of Public Health serves over 3.8 million people, making it responsible for one of the largest territories of any local health department in the country. In one of their largest improvement efforts yet, they used The Community Guide to identify evidence-based programs, services, and policies in preparation for national public health department accreditation. (Released 2014)

Diabetes, Obesity, Worksite Health

Setting
Community, Rural, Urban, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Enhance Public Health Quality Improvement Program, Identify/Apply for Funding

Maryland Businesses Support Worksite Wellness Effort to Combat Chronic Disease

First page of the Maryland Worksite In Action storyThe Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene launched an initiative to decrease obesity and diabetes by promoting wellness at worksites. They used The Community Guide as a resource to assess and influence changes in employees' health. As a result, more than 150 businesses made a commitment to workplace wellness options. (Released 2012)

Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Community, Rural, Urban

Use
Address Health Issue, Conduct CHA/Develop CHIP, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Identify/Apply for Funding

Mobilizing Funding Support to Battle Overweight and Obesity

First page of the Maryland Obesity In Action storyThe Western Maryland Health System used a health strategy that systematically leveraged funding and partnerships as a way to reduce obesity in their region. They used The Community Guide as a resource to develop a strategy centered on behavioral, social, and environmental change along with an evidence-based approach to strengthen grant applications. (Released 2012)

Cancer

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Community, Recreation, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue, Educate, Help Community Understand Health Issues

New York: Increasing Cancer Screenings, Saving Lives

First page of the New York State Cancer in Action StoryCancer is one of the most common chronic diseases in New York, and is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death. Each year, more than 100,000 New Yorkers are diagnosed. The New York State Department of Health Bureau of Cancer Prevention and Control coordinates multiple programs based on Task Force recommendations to increase the screening rates for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. Interventions include client reminders, small media, mass media, and programs to reduce structural barriers. (Released 2017)

 

Read the previous Community Guide in Action story, Screening New Yorkers to Save Lives pdf icon [PDF - 453 kB], to learn more about the state’s efforts to increase cancer screenings.

Adolescent Health, HIV/AIDS, STIs and Pregnancy, Physical Activity, Tobacco

Setting
Business/Retail, Community, Recreation, Rural, Urban, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue, Educate, Develop Funding Application/Criteria for Evaluation, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Identify/Apply for Funding

Planning a Strategy: Changing the Way a County Health Department Addresses Health Conditions

First page of the Los Angeles County In Action storyLos Angeles County Department of Public Health addresses such diverse population health needs by including evidence-based approaches found in The Community Guide as a foundation for its strategic planning. Using evidence has helped them reduce rates of obesity, sexually transmitted infections, heart disease, tobacco use, and more. (Released 2012)

Cancer, Worksite Health

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Rural, Urban, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue, Seek Funding, Enhance Public Health Quality Improvement Program, Identify/Apply for Funding

Practice What You Promote: Increasing Cancer Screening Rates Among Employees

The first page of the Michigan Cancer Screening In Action storyThe Michigan Cancer Consortium challenged its member organizations to increase cancer screening rates among their employees. A wide variety of organizations—large and small, rural and urban, hospitals and health departments, and trade organizations—were able to improve cancer screening rates by using Task Force findings. (Released 2015)

Diabetes

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems

Use
Address Health Issue, Educate, Prepare for Accreditation

Putting it all Together: Preventing Diabetes with Clinical and Community-Based Evidence

First page of the Prevent Diabetes STAT In Action storyOf the eighty-six million Americans with prediabetes, nine out of 10 don’t know they have it. Prediabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. The American Medical Association partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016 to launch the national Prevent Diabetes STAT™ campaign to help manage prediabetes and its associated health risks. Using Task Force recommendations on evidence-based diabetes programs, Prevent Diabetes STAT™ aims to reduce the number of individuals with prediabetes who develop type 2 diabetes. (Released 2017)

 

Listen to an audio clip (7:21) of Drs. Christopher Holliday and Patrick Remington as they talk with CDC’s Dr. John Anderton about the development of the Prevent Diabetes STAT™ campaign and the benefits of drawing from evidence-based recommendations.

Download transcript pdf icon [PDF - 170 kB]

Cancer, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity, Tobacco, Worksite Health

Setting
Rural, Urban, Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue

Putting the Community Guide to Work at Workplaces: Partnering to Reach Employers

First page of the Washington State Workplace In Action StoryIn partnership with the American Cancer Society, the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center—with support from CDC—developed Workplace Solutions and HealthLinks. These two worksite wellness programs are based on evidence-based recommendations from The Community Guide. (Released 2014)

Health Equity, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity

Setting
Community, Rural, School

Use
Address Health Issue, Educate, Seek Funding, Strengthen Accreditation Application, Identify/Apply for Funding

Rural Community Works Together to Stay "Fun and Fit"

First page of Alaska Fun and Fit In Action storyThe tribal communities in rural Hoonah, Alaska used The Community Guide as a resource to help counter the increasing rates of obesity. They partnered with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to expand access to places for physical activity and get the community moving. (Released 2012)

Setting
Rural, School, Urban

Use
Conduct CHA/Develop CHIP, Educate

The Community Guide in the Classroom: Training Future Professionals

The first page of the The Community Guide in the Classroom In Action storyInstructors in public health at three separate universities share how they use The Community Guide in their classrooms. Undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds learned the importance of using evidence to guide practice and program development. (Released 2015)

Motor Vehicle Injury

Setting
Community, Rural

Use
Address Health Issue, Strengthen Accreditation Application

Tightening the Belt: Increasing Occupant Restraint Use on the Hopi Reservation

The first page of the Hopi Tribe In Action storyThe Hopi Tribe in Arizona received a grant from CDC to develop a motor vehicle injury prevention program. Over the four years of the program, both safety belt and child safety seat use increased. (Released 2015)

Obesity, Physical Activity, Worksite Health

Setting
Workplace/Worksite

Use
Address Health Issue

Using Innovative Technology to Increase Physical Activity

The first page of the IBM Active Track In Action StoryInternational Business Machines Corporation (IBM) used Task Force recommendations to help inform the design of its Active Track program. Employees who participate in the program can compete with their peers in activity challenges and earn reward points for their achievements. (Released 2015)

Adolescent Health, Violence

Setting
Rural, School, Urban

Use
Address Health Issue

YouthAlert! Uses Teamwork and Education to Prevent Youth Violence

First page of the Kentucky YouAlert! In Action storyA Kentucky-based youth violence prevention program used universal school-based interventions recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force as the foundation for a state-wide campaign to reduce and prevent youth violence. After reaching thousands of teens across Kentucky, the program plans to expand nationwide and offer evidence-based, tailored approaches for teaching violence prevention. (Released 2017)

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