Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Scientist Professional Advisory Committee

National Prevention Strategy

Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) identifies strategic directions and priorities that promote good health and outlines federal actions that will improve the health of all Americans. The National Prevention Strategy 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.

NPS GOAL: Increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life

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NPS Strategic Directions

The NPS Strategic Directions provide a foundation for the nation’s prevention efforts and includes core recommendations necessary to build a prevention-oriented society. The NPS Strategic Directions are:

  • Healthy and Safe Community Environments: Create, sustain, and recognize communities that promote health and wellness through prevention.
  • Clinical and Community Preventive Services: Ensure that prevention-focused health care and community prevention efforts are available, integrated, and mutually reinforcing.
  • Empowered People: Support people in making healthy choices.
  • Elimination of Health Disparities: Eliminate disparities and improve the quality of life for all Americans.
NPS Priorities

The NPS Priorities are designed to improve health and wellness for the U.S. population, including those groups disproportionately affected by disease and injury. The Priorities provide evidence-based recommendations that are most likely to reduce the burden of the leading causes of preventable death and major illness. The Priorities are:

  • Tobacco Free Living
  • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
  • Healthy Eating
  • Active Living
  • Injury and Violence Free Living
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Learn More About the NPS

Scientist Category Prevention Strategy

The USPHS Scientist Category Prevention Strategy describes how the crosscutting work and contributions by USPHS Scientist Officers are supporting the NPS under the seven priority areas. Scientist Officers are making an impact by:

  • Supporting a comprehensive approach to preventing tobacco use, including discouraging tobacco first use, especially in young people, and providing support for cessation services;
  • Supporting community-based programs to create a safe living environment for youths and warn of the dangers of drug abuse and excessive alcohol use;
  • Actively engaging in improving nutritional standards and quality of the food supply and empowering people to make healthy food choices;
  • Providing the evidence-based foundation for the benefits of physical activity and help facilitate policies and programs encouraging sustained physical activity;
  • Increasing awareness of safe choices that prevent injury and violence and supporting design of the physical community environment that promotes safe living;
  • Supporting programs that provide effective sexual health education and services for both adolescents and adults; and
  • Providing support that gives individuals positive mental and physical well-being throughout the lifespan and a family and community environment that reinforces this well-being.
Learn About SciPAC’s Involvement in the Seven NPS Priority Areas

To learn more about how Scientist Officers are contributing to the seven NPS priority areas, please read "Seven Prevention Priorities of USPHS Scientist Officers", the Scientist Category Prevention Strategy white paper and the following articles published in The Scientist Officer newsletter:

  • NPS Overview (Vol 6, Issue 1, Feb 2013, pg 4)
  • Active Living (Vol 6, Issue 1, Feb 2013, pg 8)
  • Mental and Emotional Well-Being (Vol 6, Issue 1, Feb 2013, pg 11)
  • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use (Vol 6, Issue 2, Nov 2013, pg 4)
  • Healthy Eating (Vol 6, Issue 2, Nov 2013, pg 7)
  • Tobacco Free Living (Vol 6, Issue 2, Nov 2013, pg 10)
  • Injury and Violence Free Living (Vol 7, Issue 1, Jun 2014, pg 2)
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health (in progress)
  • NPS Scientist Involvement Summary (in progress)

Prevention through Active Community Engagement (PACE)

The PACE program is an officer driven initiative to implement the NPS. PACE provides officers with the opportunity to put themselves at the forefront of the NPS by actively interacting with citizens at the community level. The focus is to educate the public about the Commissioned Corps, the NPS, and all other Office of the Surgeon General initiatives. This program is a fantastic opportunity to increase the visibility of the Corps, but also provides valuable leadership opportunities for officers. PACE is actively seeking officers to participate in all locations of the country, so if you are interested in learning more please contact the PACE program at Additionally, the PACE website has information about prior PACE events as well as lesson plans for officers interested in planning a future PACE event.

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