Community Preventive Services Task Force and United States Preventive Services Task Force

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established CPSTF in 1996 to complement the work of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

USPSTF provides evidence-based recommendations for healthcare professionals and decision makers on clinical preventive services based on systematic reviews of available evidence. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides administrative, scientific, and technical support.

Together, CPSTF and USPSTF identify effective, evidence-based preventive interventions to improve health in clinical and community settings across the country. The task forces work together to ensure there is no duplication of effort.

CPSTF and USPSTF annual reports to Congress demonstrate their collaboration and provide a full picture of the nation’s prevention research needs.

Keep up with the latest recommendations on social media — follow @CPSTF on Twitter and USPSTF on LinkedIn.


Complementary Work of Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

This X-Y axis shows overlapping responsibilities of the USPSTF (clinical perspective) and the CPSTF (public health perspective) as a venn diagram. On the Y axis, which represents the Type of Preventive Services, with increasing space between categories as it progresses; from the point of origin moving up: Screening Tests, Preventive Medications, Behavior Change Counseling, Information/Education, Organizational Policies, Legislative Policies. On the X axis, which represents Settings, spaced equally across the figure; from the point of origin moving right: Primary Care Offices, Health System/Community-Based Organizations; Built Environment/Worksites/Schools, Communities/States/Nation. Work of the USPSTF is represented by a medium blue bubble shape whose middle covers the point of origin and extends up to Organizational Policies on the Y axis and right to Built Environment/Worksites/Schools on the X axis. Work of the CPSTF is represented by a light blue bubble shape that covers the upper right corner of the grid and extends down to the very bottom, or Screening Tests, and left to Primary Care Offices, just shy of the Y axis. Where the two bubble shapes overlap, there is a dark blue area that represents the overlapping areas of their work.