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Atlanta Listening Session on the CDC's 6|18 Initiative
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CDC's 6|18 Initiative, Accelerating Evidence into Action

ACPM and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted an in-person listening sessions in Atlanta to explore the role of providers in implementing the CDC's 6|18 Initiative, which targets six common and costly health conditions:

  • Asthma 
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Tobacco use
  • Unintended pregnancy

The full-day session was held February 28 at the Emory University School of Medicine and included physicians, public health practitioners, nurses, and researchers predominantly from Georgia and surrounding states. Listening sessions were also held in New York City on February 3 and Houston on February 24.

Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Session Agenda

Here is the final Altlanta Listening Session agenda



Participants in discussion
Participants in discussion

6|18 Initiative

CDC is partnering with health care purchasers, payers, and providers to improve health and control health care costs. CDC provides these partners with rigorous evidence about high-burden health conditions and associated interventions to inform their decisions to have the greatest health and cost impact. The 6|18 Initiative offers proven interventions that prevent chronic and infectious diseases by increasing their coverage, access, utilization and quality. Additionally, it aligns evidence-based preventive practices with emerging value-based payment and delivery models. By 6|18, we mean that we are targeting six common and costly health conditions—tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes—and 18 proven specific interventions that formed the starting point of discussions with purchasers, payers, and providers.


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