Institute of Medicine Spotlight: An Integrated Framework for Assessing the Value of Community-Based Prevention

An Integrated Framework for Assessing the Value of Community-Based Prevention, is an in-depth examination of the measures taken by communities to halt the spread of disease and promote the overall health of a population.  In the report, IOM’s Committee on Valuing Community-Based, Non-Clinical Prevention Programs defines the components of community-based prevention, describes existing frameworks of community-based prevention in the United States and presents recommendations for evaluating the effectiveness those existing measures.   In addition, the committee identifies the transition of community-based initiatives from their traditional role of infectious disease prevention to meet the new challenges of curbing chronic illnesses such as heart disease and obesity.  This report is available for free on the National Academies Press website.

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