Healthy Aging


Clinical and Community Preventative Services

Clinical and Community Preventative Services

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Clinical and Community Preventive Services.  Today, more than two-thirds of all health care costs are for treating chronic illnesses. Among health care costs for older adults, 95 percent are for chronic diseases. Increasing access to clinical and community preventive services for older adults will be vital to maintaining health at every stage of life.


The following materials are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the National Prevention Strategy to improve health outcomes for older adults by providing clinical and community preventative services.

Enhancing Systems to Support Medication Adherence and Promote Healthy Aging: Key Findings from the ASTHO-PhRMA Meeting
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
In support of the ASTHO 2015 President’s Challenge on Healthy Aging, ASTHO and PhRMA convened an expert meeting to share successes and challenges in promoting systems that support medication adherence. This report summarizes key findings from the meeting and highlights potential opportunities for public health agencies and other key stakeholders to advance systems that support medication adherence.

Older Americans Behavioral Health: Expanding Home and Community-based Behavioral Health Services for Older Adults
Administration for Community Living and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This issue brief highlights innovative actions that community organizations have taken to implement behavioral health planning for older adults and provides recommendations to help care providers implement effective behavioral health services. 

Oral Health Resources & Access
Administration of Aging (AoA) and the Administration on Community Living (ACL)
This webpage offers an overview of oral health issues among older adults via webinar recordings and helps identify ways in which individuals can access and locate oral health services. Additionally, a number of innovative oral health programs are highlighted.

Hepatitis C Birth Cohort Testing Communications Toolkit
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
ASTHO's web-based communications toolkit provides information and tools to help health officials communicate with healthcare providers and the public about CDC's HCV (hepatitis C virus) testing recommendations for persons born during 1945-1965.  

Healthy Aging Webinar: Oral Health among Older Adults
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)
This webinar discusses the unique oral health needs of older adults and how public health can improve oral health among older adults. Presenters included national and state experts who provided information on recent data reports and successful initiatives focused on this topic.

CDC Focuses on Need for Older Adults to Receive Clinical Preventive Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and the American Society on Aging (ASA)
This issue brief provides a snap shot of current scientific and programmatic information about the importance of clinical preventive service access for older adults. The information is to inform professionals in both the public health and aging fields about clinical preventive services specific for older adults, increase awareness, and highlight efforts being implemented to help address this issue.

Enhancing the Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults - Closing the Gap
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This report presents and interprets available state and national self-reported survey data, to raise awareness among public health and aging services professionals, policy makers, the media, and researchers of critical gaps and opportunities for increasing the use of clinical preventive services for those 65 years and older, particularly among those who are currently underserved.

Promoting Preventive Services for Adults 50-64: Community and Clinical Partnerships
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This publication is intended to help promote lifesaving clinical preventive services for adults aged 50 to 64, by identifying a set of recommended preventive services, providing indicators and baseline data at national and state levels to monitor progress, and promoting successful strategies to facilitate their adoption and use.

Strategic Priorities to Increase Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older US Adults
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This report highlights strategies to increase the use of clinical preventive services, which align with national and state initiatives, and provides insights into stakeholders' preferences for specific sets of system-level strategies.

Cost-Effectiveness of Chronis Disease Self-Management Program: Implications for Community-Based Organizations
Frontiers in Public Health
This research finds that chronic disease self-management programs (CDSMP) provide a mechanism to deliver cost-effective evidence-based strategies to those that may benefit most (older adults and those with co-morbid conditions). Furthermore, it highlights that poor quality of life and other mental health concerns have broader effects than immediate impacts on individuals with chronic conditions.

Healthcare Cost Savings Estimator Tool for Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
Frontiers in Public Health 
This paper introduces practical, universally applicable tools to assist program administrators and decision makers plan implementation efforts and build the case for continued program delivery for chronic disease self-management education (CDSME) programs.

Oral Health: Myths, Facts, & Recommendations
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
This oral health resources offers information and recommendations specific to the older adult population on tooth decay (cavities), gum diseases, dry mouth, and oral (mouth) cancer. It discusses symptoms and preventative measures for older adults to consider and be aware of.


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