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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)

Cancer

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Rural, Urban

Use
Address Health Issue, Develop Funding Application/Criteria for Evaluation

American Cancer Society and Community Health Centers Partner to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

First page of the American Cancer Society Colorectal Cancer Screening In Action storyTwo community health centers – one in South Central Texas and another in New Orleans – saw dramatic increases in colorectal cancer screening rates following implementation of CPSTF-recommended multicomponent interventions. The American Cancer Society partnered with these health centers to implement the interventions which combined approaches reviewed by the CPSTF and reduced structural barriers among underserved populations. (Released 2019)

Cancer

Setting
Clinical/Health Systems, Community, Criminal Justice System, Rural, Urban

Use
Address Health Issue, Prepare for Accreditation

AMIGAS: Promoting Cervical Cancer Screening among Hispanic Women

First page of the AMIGAS In Action storyThe AMIGAS program engaged community health workers, or promotoras, to deliver a multicomponent intervention that doubled the rate of cervical cancer screening among Mexican-American women in Texas and Washington. Community Preventive Services Task Force recommendations were used to inform the selection of program components which included one-on-one education and small media. (Released 2018)

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 CPSTF findings to develop programs aimed at increasing vaccinations, reducing tobacco use, and controlling asthma. (Released 2012)

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 A 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, Health Communication and Health Information Technology, 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)

Health Communication and Health Information Technology, 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)

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)

Nebraska Panhandle Uses the Community Guide for Public Health Planning

First page of the Nebraska Panhandle Community Health Improvement Plan In Action storyWhile completing their community health assessments and developing a community health improvement plan, the Nebraska Panhandle Public Health District turned to The Community Guide. They referenced 28 different evidence-based Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommendations across 13 topic areas. The Nebraska Panhandle Public Health District also used Healthy People 2020 to set goals and objectives for improvement, matching them with CPSTF recommendations. (Released 2019)

Cancer, Health Communication and Health Information Technology

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.

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, Health Communication and Health Information Technology

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]

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