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Communities Putting Prevention to Work


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program was developed to highly impact the nation’s health by reducing chronic diseases related to obesity and tobacco using a prescribed set of effective strategies to build public health policies, strengthen the community environment to support health, and establish successful and sustainable interventions over the long term.

The Community Food Security Coalition is one of ten national organizations to receive funding to provide technical assistance and training for communities focused on preventing chronic disease by producing sustainable, positive and improved health outcomes through the implementation of programmatic efforts through policy, systems, and environmental level change.

The communities of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program are funded under a 2-year cooperative agreement to implement evidence and practice based MAPPS (Media, Access, Point of decision information, Price, and Social support services) strategies that are expected to have lasting healthful effects in the years following the end of the 2-year funding period.

By using and applying the MAPPS strategies, communities are expected to achieve impactful and sustainable change that will have profound influence on improving health behaviors and overall health status. These strategies are the following:

  • Media—Includes leveraging media to promote healthful behaviors and counter-advertise unhealthy behaviors.
  • Access—Includes increasing opportunities to make healthy choices and restricting opportunities to make unhealthy choices.
  • Point of decision information—Includes providing helpful information at points of decisions such as grocery store lines, restaurant menus, and neighborhood trails.
  • Price—Includes leveraging costs to incentivize healthy behaviors and discourage unhealthy behaviors.
  • Social support services—Includes providing services and support necessary to facilitate healthy choices.

Why is this program needed?

The Problem

Obesity is a priority focus in chronic disease prevention and is a major contributor to heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, arthritis-related disability, and several types of cancer.

More than one-third of all adults do not meet the major recommendations for aerobic physical activity based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and more than 60% of U.S. children and adolescents consume more saturated fat than recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Disease Burden

In the United States, 1 of every 3 adults is obese, and almost 1 of 3 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 years is obese (Body Mass Index ≥ 95th percentile of the CDC growth chart), often as a result of poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity. During their youth, obese children and adolescents are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type-2 diabetes); and are more likely to become obese as adults.

Financial Burden

Yearly medical spending in response to obesity-related burdens on health is estimated to be as much as $147 billion.

What Assistance does the CPPW Program Offer?

Technical assistance is available for the following key areas:

  • Farmers Market operations
  • Farm to School programs
  • Food Policy Council
  • Healthy Corner Stores operations

Technical assistance and training in collaboration with the following partner organizations:

CFSC's Match Communities

The Community Food Security Coalition has been “matched” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work with the following communities:

  • Douglas County, Nebraska
  • Healthy Lakes, Maine
  • Wood and La Crosse Counties, Wisconsin
  • King County, Washington
  • Louisville Metro, Kentucky
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Pima County, Arizona
  • City of Portland, Maine
  • San Antonio, Texas

Limited assistance is available to communities beyond the ten match communities.

Learn More

Related Websites

CDC’s Healthy Communities Program
The National Farm to School Program website
Healthy Corner Stores Network
North American Food Policy Council Webpage
CPPW Resources

If you have questions, comments, or want technical assistance, contact:

Sara Padilla, MPH, Program Manager
Communities Putting Prevention to Work
Community Food Security Coalition
3830 Se Division St
Portland, OR 97202
Phone: (503) 954-2970 x100

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