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The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinical decision-support systems (CDSS) for prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving screening for CVD risk factors and practices for CVD-related preventive care services, clinical tests, and treatments.
Most of the available evidence is from studies on the effectiveness of CDSS when implemented alone in the healthcare system rather than as part of a coordinated service delivery effort that is intended to address barriers at the patient, provider, organizational, and community levels.
The Team-Based Care to Improve Blood Pressure Control recommendation from the Community Preventive Services Task Force and the Community Guide systematic review are both now available and will be published in the July 2014 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
NACCHO's Community Guide Project
Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO aims to improve the adoption and use of evidence-based approaches to preventive services among Local Health Departments (LHDs) by promoting the use of The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide).
The Goal of The Community Guide
The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide), is a free resource designed to help identify evidence-based programs, practices, and policies to improve health and prevent disease, injury, and disability in the community.
The Community Guide findings and recommendations are based on systematic reviews of scientific literature by reading the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). The Task Force is an independent, nonfederal, volunteer body, appointed by the Director of the CDC, whose members represent a broad range of research, practice, and policy expertise in community preventive services, public health, health promotion, and disease prevention.
How can State and Local Health Departments use the Community Guide
How can we assist you in using the Community Guide recommendations in your local planning efforts?
Visit NACCHO's Training and Technical Assistance site for Community Guide Users, click here
NACCHO Community Guide Resources
New Resource: Community Guide Demonstration Project: Executive Summary of the Evaluation Report - Building Local Health Department Workforce Capacity for Evidence-Based Decision-Making
NACCHO undertook a process and outcome evaluation to assess the effectiveness of its Framework for Evidence-Based Decision Making and Planning in increasing LHD capacity to incorporate evidence in to their decision-making and planning practices Click here to access report
2013 NACCHO Model Practices-Community Guide Crosswalk - Aligning Practice-Based Initiatives with Evidence
NACCHO's Model Practices-Community Guide Crosswalk: A Resource for Implementing Effective Public Health Strategies, can inform LHDs as they consider ways to address public health concerns with effective strategies. The crosswalk identifies Model Practices implemented by LHDs alongside related recommendations from The Community Guide to enhance practice-based initiatives with evidence, while simultaneously providing examples of ways to translate evidence into practice.
Download the Crosswalk here
Community Guide Success Stories