Having reviews of strategies is useful when you have a goal for creating change (e.g., lowering obesity rates among children) but are not sure what the evidence suggests are good ways to accomplish it. For example, the Guide may prompt you to create change using one or a combination of the following strategies: Mass media, community-based education, provider-based education, working with faith-based organizations, or school-based programs. The strategies listed in The Community Guide have been systematically reviewed by a national task force.
The Guide covers a range of topics, including adolescent health, alcohol, asthma, birth defects, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, STIs, pregnancy, health communication & social marketing, mental health, motor vehicle-related injury prevention, nutrition, obesity, oral health, physical activity, promoting health equity, tobacco, vaccines, violence, and worksite health promotion.
Community Guide reviews are designed to answer three questions:
- What has worked for others and how well?
- What might this intervention approach cost, and what am I likely to achieve through my investment?
- What are the evidence gaps?