What is CDC’s 6|18 Initiative?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 6|18 Initiative is bringing together public and private health care payers, purchasers, and providers to improve health and control health care costs. This innovative effort is linking proven prevention activities to health coverage and delivery with a focus on six high-burden, high-cost health conditions. The “18” refers to a set of evidence-based interventions that address the six conditions.
Asthma, tobacco use, diabetes, high blood pressure, inappropriate antibiotic use, and unintended pregnancies are widespread conditions that take a huge toll on health and have high health care costs. Under the 6|18 Initiative, the CDC has identified proven interventions that can prevent or control prevalent, high-burden conditions, potentially resulting in better health outcomes and controlling costs. Research on health care interventions often lacks the necessary information to be practically useful. In response, CDC’s 6|18 Initiative combines rigorous evidence with practical action steps.
States and counties across the country are pursuing new value-based payment models to improve health care quality and stem rising health-related costs. By aligning evidence-based preventive practices with emerging payment and delivery models, CDC’s 6|18 Initiative offers a tangible opportunity for state and local agencies to collaborate on enhancing the coverage, access, utilization, and quality of cost-effective prevention practices.
- CDC’s 6|18 Initiative Fact Sheet – A snapshot of the six high-burden health conditions and 18 interventions that CDC is prioritizing under the 6|18 Initiative. (CDC, September 2017)
- Why Adopt CDC’s 6|18 Prevention Strategies in Medicaid? – The case for Medicaid and public health investment in the CDC’s evidence-based prevention activities. (CHCS, June 2018)
- Overview Presentation for CDC’s 6|18 Initiative – How CDC’s 6|18 Initiative can support Medicaid and public health agencies in achieving their population health goals, including examples of state successes. (CHCS, June 2018)
- CDC’s 6|18 Initiative: A Cross-Sector Approach to Translating Evidence Into Practice – Learn how CDC’s 6|18 Initiative is strengthening partnerships between state health departments and Medicaid agencies to improve health coverage and control costs using evidence-based interventions. (Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, February 2018)
- CDC’s 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action – Learn about the background and goals of the initiative in this discussion paper. (National Academy of Medicine, February 2016)
- The 3 Buckets of Prevention An overview of CDC’s conceptual population health and prevention framework that references the 6|18 Initiative. (Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, December 2015)
CDC’s 6|18 Initiative can help improve health outcomes and control preventable health care spending
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