The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) is mandated to provide "yearly reports to Congress and related agencies identifying gaps in research and recommending priority areas that deserve further examination, including areas related to populations and age groups not adequately addressed by current recommendations." (Affordable Care Act, § 4003(b)(1); Public Health Service Act § 399U(b)(6))
The Task Force reports describe:
This 2016 Annual Report to Congress highlights the work of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) in fiscal year (FY) 2015.
In FY 2015, the Task Force issued 17 recommendations and other findings, including statements of evidence gaps, in the topic areas of:
This report highlights broad Task Force accomplishments and the approximately 20 evidence-based recommendations developed since the 2012 Annual Report to Congress. The report also focuses on important evidence gaps and needs related to cancers and the Task Force’s efforts to fill those gaps. For example, it provides information on the cancer topics and related risk factor topics addressed by the Task Force from June 1996–September 2014, including:
This report notes the new systematic reviews and updates to existing reviews that resulted in 10 evidence-based findings, statements of evidence gaps, and recommendations related to:
This report—the Task Force’s first Annual Report to Congress—provides background on the Task Force, its methods, findings, and recommendations, and describes both gaps in existing research on community preventive services and priorities for future Task Force efforts. It also highlights Task Force findings and recommendations from 1997–2011.