National Prevention Strategy


National Prevention Strategy State Stories  

Implementing the National Prevention Strategy

What is the National Prevention Strategy?

The National Prevention Strategy, released June 16, 2011, aims to guide our nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being. The strategy prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives. The strategy identifies four Strategic Directions and seven Priorities. The Strategic Directions provide core recommendations necessary to build a prevention-oriented society. The Priorities provide evidence-based recommendations likely to reduce the burden of the leading causes of preventable death and illness.   National Prevention Strategy

 Put the National Prevention Strategy to Work in Your State

 National Prevention Strategy Toolkit This toolkit from ASTHO provides state and territorial leadership teams with examples of how states and their partners are already working towards achieving the vision and recommendations of the National Prevention Strategy. These state examples illustrate how multiple sectors can effectively work together to create environments that support healthy lifestyles as the easy choice and increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

How Do I Collaborate to Make this Happen?

State and territorial health agencies enhance their ability to improve health and strengthen prevention efforts by collaborating with other partners.

Here are examples that highlight various approaches that agencies have leveraged to promote health and wellness in their state.These examples also serve to provide partners with ideas for how to collaborate with their state health agency.

 Characteristics of Successful Collaboration

 National Prevention Strategy State Stories

Delaware Applies the Principles of the National Prevention Strategy to Community-Based Multi-Sector Programming: Delaware Division of Public Health builds faith-based and community relationships to increase opportunities for health promotion in public facilities.

Hawaii Applies the Principles of the National Prevention Strategy to Multi-Agency Worksite Wellness Programming: Hawaii Department of Health develops a comprehensive worksite wellness initiative for all state agency employees.

Mississippi Applies National Prevention Strategy Principles to Community-Based Multisector Programming: The Mississippi State Department of Health uses Mayors’ Health Councils to create infrastructure supporting multisector collaboration to improve health and increase health equity.

Virginia Department of Health Creates a Shared Agenda to Advance the National Prevention Strategy: Thirty-five sites received funds for projects aimed at reducing the burden of chronic disease in Virginia.

 National Prevention Strategy State Partners 

To support the National Prevention Strategy’s work, ASTHO convened a group of nongovernmental organizations that represent state-level leadership in the sectors represented at the federal level by the National Prevention Council. This partnership helps organizations identify opportunities to promote the health and wellness of all Americans through NPS implementation.

Implementing the National Prevention Strategy: 2013 State Partners Meetings Overview - This document describes the formation of the partnership, details the cross-sector approach to prevention that the group discussed, includes examples of partner organizations’ initiatives, and lists the opportunities for multi-sector collaboration that the group identified through a series of meetings in 2013.

Webinar: Celebrating the First Year of the National Prevention Strategy

Marking the first anniversary of the National Prevention Strategy ASTHO and NACCHO hosted Celebrating Partnerships & Progress: The First Year of the National Prevention Strategy, a webinar that discussed how the NPS can be implemented at the state and local levels and how it can be used to support communities in maximizing the effectiveness of prevention efforts.

Video: A Word from the Director of the Office of National Prevention Strategy



  Brigette Ulin, MPH, discusses how the Office of National Prevention Strategy under the CDC aims to improve the overall health and well-being of Americans.