Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Training for States on Winnable Battles

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC's work is driven by the need to protect public health and safety through the provision of information that enhances health decisions and promotes health partnerships with state health departments and other organizations.

The CDC's mission is to collaborate and create expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need in order to protect their health, specifically through health promotion, disease, injury and disability prevention, and finally preparedness for new health threats.

As a part of the CDC's drive to achieve its goals and objectives, the agency has recently established the Training for States on Winnable Battles program.

The purpose of this program is to enable the CDC to offer training, educational materials, and technical assistance to legislative executives and administrative branches of states. Thereby giving them the opportunity to keep up with the pace of emerging public health issues.

More over, allowing them to address the goal of reducing death and disability among people with diseases related to tobacco use, obesity, nutrition and food safety, HIV, motor vehicle injuries, and teen pregnancies.

For each of the aforementioned winnable battles, the CDC has defined a set of measurable outcomes, including that:

a) By the end of 2011, the percentage of communities that have enacted new smoke-free policies and improved the comprehensiveness of new ones should be increased to 75%

b) Reduce annual number of HIV infections

c) Reduce age-adjusted proportion of obese adults

d) Reduce proportion of obese children and adolescents   (continued...)

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