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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting nominations for appointment of individuals qualified to serve as new members of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). The CPSTF was established in 1996 by HHS to identify population health interventions that are scientifically proven to save lives, increase lifespans, and improve quality of life. The CPSTF produces recommendations (and identifies evidence gaps) to help inform the decision making of federal, state, and local health departments, other government agencies, communities, healthcare providers and organizations, employers, schools and research organizations. See https://www.thecommunityguide.org/task-force/what-task-force.

New CPSTF members will serve a five-year term starting in 2021 or 2022.  Nomination packages must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. EDT, on Friday, June 26, 2020.  Current CPSTF members are listed at https://www.thecommunityguide.org/task-force/community-preventive-services-task-force-members
A nominee must, at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, experience, and national leadership in the following areas: the critical evaluation of research or policy, or in the methods of evidence review; and research, evaluation, or implementation of community or health system-based programs, policies, or services to improve population health.

In the current nomination period, the strongest consideration will be given to people with expertise and experience in one or more of the following: Social determinants of health or health equity, mental health, substance use, maternal and child health, adolescent health, older adults/aging, digital health interventions, public health nursing, and state-of-the-art systematic review methods.
Interested individuals may self-nominate. Organizations and individuals may nominate one or more persons qualified for membership on the CPSTF.   

The CPSTF bases its recommendations on rigorous, replicable systematic reviews of the scientific literature, which:

Evaluate the strength and limitations of published scientific studies about community-based health promotion and disease prevention programs, services, and policies;
Assess whether the programs, services, and policies are effective in promoting health and preventing disease, injury, and disability;
Examine the applicability of these programs, services, and policies to varied populations and settings; and
Conduct economic analyses of recommended interventions when applicable.

These systematic reviews are conducted, with CPSTF oversight, by scientists and subject matter experts from the CDC in collaboration with a wide range of government, academic, policy, and practice-based partners.   

CPSTF findings and recommendations and the systematic reviews on which they are based are available at https://www.thecommunityguide.org/task-force-findings.

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