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The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Together, the Community Guide and the Clinical Guide provide evidence-based recommendations across the prevention spectrum.

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What is The Community Guide?

The Community Guide is a website that houses the official collection of all Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) findings and the systematic reviews on which they are based.

The Community Guide is a credible resource with many uses because it is based on a scientific systematic review process and answers questions critical to almost everyone interested in community health and well-being such as:

  • What interventions have and have not worked?
  • In which populations and settings has the intervention worked or not worked?
  • What might the intervention cost? What should I expect for my investment?
  • Does the intervention lead to any other benefits or harms?
  • What interventions need more research before we know if they work or not?

The Task Force hopes those who use The Community Guide will:

  • Use more interventions that have been shown to work
  • Use fewer interventions that have been shown not to work
  • Research interventions for which there is not enough evidence to say whether or not they work

Collaborators in The Community Guide

Many people work together to develop and promote The Community Guide. Each contributes specialized skills, expertise and perspectives that make The Community Guide a valuable resource.

CDC Programs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) programs contribute subject matter experts to participate in and, in some cases, take the lead on conducting Community Guide systematic reviews. CDC program staff:

  • Provide input from the beginning and throughout the review process
  • Serve on, or recommend participants to serve on individual systematic review teams
  • Participate in dissemination activities and promote the use of Task Force recommendations and findings among their grantees and constituent audiences

Other Partner Agencies and Organizations

Several other agencies and organizations contribute their expertise to The Community Guide reviews. These agencies and organizations:

  • Provide input into review prioritization and Task Force recommendations and findings
  • Serve on, or recommend participants to serve on individual systematic review teams
  • Participate in dissemination activities and promote the use of Task Force recommendations and findings among their grantees and constituent audiences

Individual Policy Makers, Practitioners and Researchers

The Community Guide also seeks input from individual policy makers, practitioners and researchers throughout its processes. These individuals:

  • Provide input into review prioritization and Task Force recommendations and findings
  • Serve on, or recommend participants to serve on individual systematic review teams
  • Participate in dissemination activities and promote the use of Task Force recommendations and findings among their grantees and constituent audiences

More about The Community Guide

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides administrative, research, and technical support for the Community Preventive Services Task Force. Support is provided by the Community Guide Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Analysis and Library Services, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, Office of Public Health Scientific Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).