To keep pace with emerging public health challenges and to address the leading causes of death and disability, CDC initiated an effort to achieve measurable impact quickly. CDC's Winnable Battles are public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and known effective strategies to address them.
The current Winnable Battles (Tobacco; Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity; Food Safety; Healthcare-Associated Infections; Motor Vehicle Injuries; Teen Pregnancy; HIV in the U.S.) have been chosen based on the magnitude of the health problem and our ability to make significant progress in outcomes. By identifying priority strategies, defining clear targets and working closely with our public health partners, we can make significant progress in reducing health disparities and the overall health burden from these diseases and conditions.
Learn about CDC's Winnable Battles targets, what CDC is doing, and what progress is being made.
TOBACCOTobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S.
FOOD SAFETYFoodborne diseases sicken 1 out of 6 Americans each year.
MOTOR VEHICLE INJURIESMotor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among Americans ages 1-54.
HIV IN THE U.S.More than 1 million people in the U.S. live with HIV.
NUTRITION/PHYSICAL ACTIVITY/OBESITYMore than 72 million adults and 12 million youth in the U.S. are obese.
HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS1 out of 20 hospitalized patients contract a Healthcare-associated infection
TEEN PREGNANCYThe U.S. has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy of developed nations in the world.
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Related Federal Priority Initiatives
- HHS Strategic Plan
- HHS High Priority Goals
- Healthy People
- The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General
- The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
- HHS Plan to Prevent HAIs
- National HIV/AIDS Strategy
- Distracted Driving
- Let's Move
- HHS Office of Adolescent Health
- Page last reviewed: March 17, 2015
- Page last updated: April 16, 2015
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