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Volume 3: No. 1, January 2006

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Cover of the January 2006 issue
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In 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to provide economic relief to U.S. citizens during the Great Depression. The WPA sponsored the Federal Art Project, which employed artists with various backgrounds and media specialties to work on wide-reaching federal programs, including public health. As the editor in chief of Preventing Chronic Disease illustrates in her editorial this month, the contributions of these artists to public awareness campaigns, preserved in Library of Congress collections and displayed in museums throughout the United States, offer a window into the public health concerns of the era and the methods used to convey public health messages.

For this issue on program evaluation, we have adapted the theme of a current popular campaign, 5 A Day for Better Health, and stylized it to the artwork of that era. A critical component of public health programs, both then and now, is to address prevention and control of chronic diseases. Today, however, identifying effective prevention strategies through tailored program evaluation efforts has become an essential public health function, and modern tools and technology are better able to measure the effectiveness and impact of public health programs than ever before. This issue highlights the efforts being made to identify and implement public health interventions that reduce disease risk, improve access to quality health care, and create health promotion programs that improve health and quality of life.

Cover artist: Kristen Immoor
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