To keep pace with emerging public health challenges and to address the leading causes of death and disability, CDC initiated an effort called Winnable Battles to achieve measurable impact quickly. Winnable Battles are public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and known effective strategies to address them. By identifying priority strategies, defining clear targets and working closely with our public health partners, we are making significant progress in reducing health disparities and the overall health burden from these diseases and conditions.
TOBACCOTobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S.
NUTRITION/PHYSICAL ACTIVITY/OBESITYMore than 72 million adults and 12 million youth in the U.S. are obese.
FOOD SAFETYFoodborne diseases sicken 1 out of 6 Americans each year.
HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS1 out of 25 hospitalized patients contract a healthcare-associated infection.
MOTOR VEHICLE INJURIESMotor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among Americans ages 1-54.
TEEN PREGNANCYThe U.S. has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy of developed nations in the world.
HIV IN THE U.S.More than 1 million people in the U.S. live with HIV.
RESOURCESFind background information and Frequently Asked Questions about CDC's Winnable Battles.
Winnable Battles: Progress
While CDC and its public health partners have made progress in many Winnable Battle areas since the initiative's inception in 2010, we still have more to do to meet our 2015 goals. View the Progress Reports for status, at-a-glance dashboards and recent accomplishments.
Winnable Battles-related Healthy People 2020 Objectives [PDF
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Lists Healthy People 2020 objectives by Winnable Battle topic area.
Related Federal Priority Initiatives
- Data and Analysis Tools
- Sortable Stats
- Policy Implementation Analyses
- Burden Assessments
- HHS Strategic Plan
- HHS High Priority Goals
- Healthy People
- HHS Plan to Prevent HAIs
- National HIV/AIDS Strategy
- The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
- Page last reviewed: December 3, 2015
- Page last updated: December 3, 2015
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