The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends lung cancer screening for older adults who are current or former heavy smokers and would be willing to have surgery if cancer were found. Screening can save lives, but is not risk free. In addition to exposure of radiation, 35.6% of those screened will have a false alarm and 1.8 percent will have a needless invasive procedure (e.g., a biopsy). As a primary care physician, you’ll want to help your patients make what may be a tough decision.

Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44, but there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. During National Safety Month, spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries and encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards.…

Online health information is easy to access and abundant — but searching for health information can be overwhelming and confusing. healthfinder.gov has guidelines that can help consumers and patients figure out which health websites are credible and reliable.

healthfinder.gov has been sharing reliable health information since 1997. Along the way, the healthfinder team developed criteria for sites they will link to.…

We’re excited to announce the launch of our brand-new Twitter handle: @HHSPrevention. Follow us!

Follow @HHSPrevention for information for health professionals on disease prevention and health promotion policies and programs. We’ll be sharing information about ODPHP events, including training opportunities, webinars, and conferences.

We’ll also keep you up to date on the latest health.gov announcements — such as updates about our work on the next edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines, new Dietary Guidelines tools and resources, health literacy information, and updated guidance on health care quality and patient safety.…

At ODPHP, we know that improving how health professionals communicate with consumers is a critical part of improving health and health care. That’s why we’re so committed to providing professionals with health literacy and communication resources that can help them share health information in easy-to-understand ways.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Literacy Workgroup is a Department-wide workgroup composed of all operating divisions and most staff divisions under HHS.…

When we developed Health Literacy Online: A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience, we set out to help people create online health information and digital tools that are accessible and easy to understand for users with limited literacy skills. But the truth is that these principles and strategies don’t just benefit consumers with limited literacy skills, they benefit all online users — even health care professionals.
The end of 2015 marks a time for reflection and new beginnings. You may have already started on your New Year’s resolutions. Here at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) we hope that more adults who are not current on the recommended clinical preventive services have made it their New Year’s resolution to get up to date.