Fifty Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Accelerating Chronic Disease Prevention Through Policy
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Bunnell R, O'Neil D,
Soler R, Payne R, Giles WH, Collins J, Bauer U; Communities Putting Prevention
to Work Program Group. J Community Health. 2012 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of
print]. In 2010, CDC funded 50 communities to
implement policy, systems, and environmental interventions in a 2-year
initiative designed to reduce obesity, tobacco use, and second-hand smoke
exposure. The average population reach for obesity-prevention interventions was
35%, with 26% of the interventions covering over 50% of the communities'
populations. Average reach for tobacco prevention programs was 67% with 84% of
interventions covering more than 50% of the communities’ populations. The
authors conclude that tobacco interventions appeared to have higher potential
population reach than obesity interventions within this initiative.