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About the Prevention Status Reports

The Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) highlight—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of public health policies and practices designed to address the following important public health problems and concerns:

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Alcohol-Related Harms
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Food Safety
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Healthcare-Associated Infections
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Heart Disease and Stroke
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Motor Vehicle Injuries
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Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
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Prescription Drug Overdose
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Teen Pregnancy
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Tobacco Use

PSR Framework

PSR Framework

Each report follows a simple framework:

  • Describe the public health problem  using public health data
  • Identify potential solutions  to the problem drawn from research and expert recommendations
  • Report the status  of those solutions for each state and the District of Columbia

Criteria for Selection of Policies and Practices

The policies and practices reported in the PSRs were selected because they―

  • Can be monitored using state-level data that are readily available for most states and the District of Columbia
  • Meet one or more of the following criteria:
Systematic Review Supported by systematic review(s) of scientific evidence of effectiveness (e.g., The Guide to Community Preventive Services)
National Strategy Explicitly cited in a national strategy or national action plan (e.g., Healthy People 2020)
Expert Panel Recommended by a recognized expert body, panel, organization, study, or report with an evidence-based focus (e.g., Institute of Medicine)


The PSRs use a simple, three-level rating scale—green, yellow, or red—to show the extent to which the state has implemented the policy or practice in accordance with supporting evidence and/or expert recommendations. The ratings reflect the status of policies and practices and do not reflect the status of efforts of state health departments, other state agencies, or any other organization to establish or strengthen those policies or practices.

Related Reports, Tools, and Analyses

The Guide to Community Preventive Services
A compilation of the evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force showing what works to improve health

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute examining the health and well-being of people living in nearly every county in the United States

America’s Health Rankings
An annual comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by state basis published jointly by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention

Trust for America’s Health
Data on key health indicators and other indicators for each state and the District of Columbia

Healthy People 2020
Science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans

CDC Vital Signs
Recent data and calls to action for important public health issues

Suggested Citations

For a state report:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevention Status Reports: [State name]. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2016. Accessed [month date, year].

For the National Summary:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevention Status Reports: National Summary. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2016. Accessed [month date, year].