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Preventing disease has never been more important. Treating chronic disease is expensive, and as rates of these diseases increase so does the cost of treatment. Luckily, we know how to prevent disease and promote health. Two premier task forces review scientific evidence and recommend programs and practices known to improve health. But, these recommendations are not used as much as they could be. To help promote evidence-based practice, Partnership for Prevention has developed Action Guides that translate recommendations into practical “how to” guidance. These Action Guides help plan and implement evidence-based programs and practices in community and workplace settings to prevent chronic disease and promote health. Topic areas include tobacco, physical activity and nutrition, diabetes, and cancer screening. For scientifically sound recommendations from the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, visit http://www.thecommunityguide.org and http://www.preventiveservices.ahrq.gov.

Partnership resources include: 
  • The Community Health Promotion Handbook: Action Guides to Improve Community Health (2008) —Developed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this comprehensive evidence-based tool guides public health practitioners and others interested in promoting health through implementation of effective community-level health promotion practices. The five Action Guides—based on recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide)—also provide suggested resource needs, evaluation questions, tips for overcoming obstacles, and links to additional resources to help with planning and implementation. Action Guide topics are:
    • Community-Based Diabetes Self-Management Education Program      
    • Community Trail Development and Promotion 
    • School-Based Physical Education 
    • Community-Based Walking Group Program 
    • Tobacco-Use Treatment in Healthcare Delivery Systems

  • Smoke-Free Policies: Establishing a Smoke-Free Ordinance to Reduce Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Indoor Worksites and Public Places—An Action Guide (2007)—An evidence-based tool, based on a recommendation from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide), that walks public health practitioners through the steps to build support for and establish a community smoke-free ordinance.
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  • Investing in Health: Evidence-Based Health Promotion Practices for the Workplace —Helps employers establish health promotion practices in the workplace. Employers can effectively improve employee health by taking steps to control tobacco use, promote cancer screening and early detection, and encourage physical activity and healthy eating. Investing in Health translates evidence-based recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services into easy-to-follow action steps to help employers improve the health of their employees.
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