Supporting a healthier nation
HealthPartners Institute researchers have worked with the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP) and its predecessor since 1997. Together, they created a way to rank preventive services, which help:
- People working in medicine and public health improve care
- Patients know which preventive services are most likely to help them
- Employers offer high-quality employee health benefits
- Policymakers decide where to spend limited resources
Ranking of Clinical Preventive Services
In 2017, HealthPartners Institute and the NCPP updated their Ranking of Clinical Preventive Services. This list compares 28 evidence-based interventions on the basis of health benefits and cost-effectiveness.
Advising adults to quit smoking, teaching children and teens to not start smoking and getting vaccines are three of the most cost-effective, health-beneficial talks a doctor and patient can have. This effort, a major NCPP project, shows the value of evidence in supporting a healthier nation.
- Ranking of Clinical Preventive Services news release
- Preventive services ranking story in the StarTribune
- Blog post “What Prevention Actions Should Practices Prioritize for Their Limited Resources?”
The Community Health Advisor
Community Health Advisor is a free website that gives planners and policymakers tools to understand and compare the impact of evidence-based policies and programs on communities in terms of physical activity, cardiovascular disease and tobacco use.
Key publications and editorials:
- Dehmer SP, et al. Health benefits and cost-effectiveness of asymptomatic screening for hypertension and high cholesterol and aspirin counseling for primary prevention. Annals of Family Medicine
- Maciosek MV, et al. Health benefits and cost-effectiveness of brief clinician tobacco counseling for youth and adults. Annals of Family Medicine
- Isham G, et al. Prevention Priorities: Guidance for value-driven health improvement. Annals of Family Medicine
- Satcher D. Preventive interventions: an immediate priority. Annals of Family Medicine
- O’Connor PJ, et al. Strategies to prioritize clinical options in primary care. Annals of Family Medicine
About the commission
The NCPP helps decision-makers identify preventive services and policies that maximize the health benefits of their investments. The NCPP operates through HealthPartners Institute.
First convened in 2003, the NCPP includes experts in clinical and community prevention who guide research projects and offer direction for development and release of research results. Members include federal, state, and local government officials; university researchers; health plan executives; and other leaders from public and private organizations.
The NCPP guides research at HealthPartners Institute to rank clinical screening tests, counseling services, immunizations and other preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Services are ranked based on health impact and cost-effectiveness. Research findings have been published in journals such as the Annals of Family Medicine, Health Affairs, Annual Review of Public Health and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Preventive services reports
These reports and publications summarize estimates of health impact and cost-effectiveness to assess the relative value of most clinical preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Cancer prevention and screening
Cardiovascular disease screening and aspirin use
- Asymptomatic screening for hypertension and high cholesterol and aspirin counseling for primary prevention (Health benefits and cost-effectiveness of asymptomatic screening for hypertension and high cholesterol and aspirin counseling for primary prevention)
- Appendix: ModelHealth: CVD technical documentation
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Heart disease (journal article)
- Childhood immunization series
- Influenza immunization
- Meningococcal vaccine
- Pneumococcal immunization
Obesity, diet and physical activity
- Adult obesity screening
- Childhood obesity screening
- Healthy diet counseling
- Modeling technical supplement for obesity, diet and physical activity
Sexually transmitted infections
- Tobacco (Health benefits and cost-effectiveness of brief clinician tobacco counseling for youth and adults)