About the Community Preventive Services Task Force

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) provides evidence-based findings and recommendations about community preventive services, programs, and other interventions aimed at improving population health. These findings are listed on The Community Guide.

The CPSTF is an independent, nonfederal panel of public health and prevention experts whose members represent a broad range of research, practice, and policy expertise in community preventive services, public health, health promotion, and disease prevention.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established the CPSTF in 1996 to develop guidance on which community-based health promotion and disease prevention intervention approaches work and which do not work, based on available scientific evidence.

The CPSTF is supported by 32 Liaison organizations that represent federal agencies, including the Armed Forces, and national organizations invested in America’s health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide the CPSTF with scientific and administrative support.

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CPSTF members at the October 2022 CPSTF meeting
CPSTF members in October 2022 Front row (L-R): Alison Evans Cuellar, PhD; Sarah Stoddard, PhD, RN, CNP, FAAN, FSAHM; Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH; Susan M. Kansagra, MD, MBA. Middle row (L-R): Karen Emmons, PhD; Loel Solomon, PhD, MPP; Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH. Back row: Bruce Nedrow (Ned) Calonge, MD, MPH; Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH; Wendy Barrington, PhD, MPH; Thomas E. Kottke, MD, MPH