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Prevention Forward Project

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Published on January 30, 2017. Last modified on March 16, 2020

The Prevention Forward Project is funded by California Department of Public Health (CDPH) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk factors and Promote School Health grant.

The Project focuses on two of CDC’s four domains of chronic disease prevention:

Domain 3: implement health systems interventions to improve the effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services related to heart disease; and

Domain 4: community-clinical service linkages so communities support and clinics refer patients to programs that improve management of chronic conditions in the area of diabetes.


The long term outcomes of this project include improved prevention and control of hypertension and diabetes, with specific strategies focusing on the promotion of better management, communication, tracking and sharing of health data, especially for reporting performance measures, and involving patients in self-management of diabetes and hypertension. The Prevention First project will engage a broad range of partners in a collaborative process to develop and conduct surveys (environmental scans) and utilize the survey findings to collaboratively develop and implement information sharing activities including presentations, articles in local health related publications and trainings or local learning area networks.

An earlier grant from CDPH, Prevention First, to Monterey County Health Department (MCHD) led to a partnership with California State University Monterey Bay to implement surveys, convenings, and supports for efforts. Several reports have been used by the county’s Safety Net system to guide system expansion and the development of training opportunities in the projects four focus areas:

  1. Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation and use of EHRs for reporting on performance measures;
  2. developing or expanding the use of team-based care approaches;
  3. developing opportunities to expand the use of the National Diabetes Prevention Program; and
  4. promoting the engagement of Community health workers in the provision of high blood pressure and diabetes self-management programs.


In addition, MCHD publishes the Provider Bulletin 5-6 times per year to provide information to area providers on communicable and chronic disease public health issues. Information related to the four Prevention Forward focus areas are often included in every issue.





Provider Bulletins





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