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Community Preventive Services Task Force 2012 annual report to Congress and to agencies related to the work of the Task Force
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    Executive summary -- Overview -- Background -- Current task force reviews and recommendations -- Key accomplishments -- Major evidence gaps identified -- Setting priorities for future task force reviews -- How communities use task force recommendations -- Looking ahead to 2013 -- Appendix A. List of task force findings and recommendations -- Appendix B. List of current task force members -- Appendix C. The utility of community preventive services -- Appendix D. The work of the community preventive services task force and relationship to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force -- Appendix E. Relationships between the task force, community guide, CDC, liaisons, and partners -- Appendix F. Task force liaison agencies and organizations -- Appendix G. Major evidence gaps identified across reviews -- Appendix H. Key evidence gaps identified in reviews completed since the last report to congress -- Appendix I. The community guide in action: examples of communities using task force findings and recommendations

    In the last year, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has issued or updated findings and recommendations about how to prevent and reduce the spread of pandemic influenza; prevent heart attacks, strokes, and skin cancer; increase the number of Americans who quit smoking; improve mental health; and reduce health disparities. The Task Force also: Provided training and technical assistance on how to use Task Force recommendations to Task Force Liaisons and other health organizations and agencies; health departments, boards of health, and community-based organizations in 20 states; and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff who oversee federally-funded programs; Improved the website where people can find Task Force findings and recommendations; Developed and piloted with CDC a template course on systematic review methods; Was recognized for authoring one of the five most cited articles in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2010, "A Systematic Review of Selected Interventions for Worksite Health Promotion: The Assessment of Health Risks with Feedback." The Task Force identified major gaps in the evidence base that limit its ability to do the following: Determine whether specific programs, services, and policies are effective in addressing particular populations or unique health concerns; Determine whether programs, services, and policies work everywhere and for everyone or only in specific places or for certain groups of people; Help practitioners, policy makers, and other decision makers select and put into place programs, services, and policies that meet their needs. Using an established, transparent prioritization process, the Task Force has planned new reviews and updates to existing reviews on the following topics in 2012-14: Obesity prevention and control; Reducing tobacco use and secondhand; Promoting good nutrition. smoke exposure; Promoting physical activity; Cancer prevention and control; Addressing disparities in health status; Cardiovascular disease prevention and; Improving oral health. control. When decision makers in communities, business, nonprofits, the health sector, and all levels of government need to know what works to improve and protect health, they can rely on recommendations from the Task Force (see www.thecommunityguide.org). Demand for Task Force recommendations grows stronger as the health sector, employers, the public, and policy makers recognize the imperative to keep people healthy, productive, and functioning independently, and address the rising incidence and costs of preventable diseases. To meet the increasing demand, the Task Force will take these actions: Accelerate the completion of highest priority reviews; Enhance dissemination to better meet the needs of the wide range of its users; Increase and refine training and technical assistance for decision makers and other users; Identify and communicate evidence gaps to help scientists, funders, and policy makers optimize resources for health research and evaluation; Work closely with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to expand and enhance each other's work.

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