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CDC winnable battles 2010-2015 progress report 2014
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    An update to the first CDC Winnable Battles Progress Report released in November 2013, this document captures recent data and contributions across each CDC Winnable Battle: Tobacco, Nutrition / Physical Activity / Obesity, Food Safety, Healthcare-Associated Infections, Motor Vehicle Injuries, Teen Pregnancy, and HIV. CDC Winnable Battles utilize evidence-based, cost-effective strategies to tackle specific health challenges working together with partners in public health.

    Notable in this update is the continued progress of several Winnable Battles. Teen birth rates continue to fall. Fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes are fewer. The percentage of adults who smoke is decreasing, and the percent of youth who smoke has declined past the 2015 Winnable Battles target. Some healthcare-associated infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) have declined. And, the percent of people living with HIV who know their status is increasing. Rates of breastfeeding, which helps protect against childhood obesity and other illnesses, continue to climb. While not yet evident in the data, indications of progress are emerging in other areas as well. Better, more focused use of food safety data to inform agencies who have oversight of food industries is poised to help prevent foodborne illness and outbreaks.

    Despite these gains, much work remains. For instance, new potential health threats such as e-cigarettes are emerging and need evaluation to determine how they may affect our health.

    Together with our partners, we are having a positive impact on health by focusing on what works now. We’ve made progress in most areas, but still have more to do to meet our 2015 goals. The Winnable Battles were chosen based on the magnitude of the health problems and the ability of CDC and its public health partners to make significant progress to improve outcomes. There are evidence-based strategies available now to address the critical health challenges presented by each of the Winnable Battles areas. By continuing to work closely with our public health partners and educating stakeholders about these evidence-based strategies, we can achieve our Winnable Battles goals.


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