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ACPM Listening Sessions 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 three in-person listening sessions 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

This was an opportunity for physicians and health professionals from New York City, Houston and Atlanta to share their expertise, engage with fellow providers, and be a voice for prevention in their community.

Session Details

Information about the listening sessions—including agenda, presentations, photos and more—has been made available on separate pages for each event.


This listening sessions were intended for all physicians involved or interested in preventing or addressing these common and costly health conditions. Participants discussed and identified:

  • Role of physicians to advance the initiative
  • Opportunities and barriers of the initiative in traditional fee-for-service and value-based care settings
  • Strategies to advocate for the initiative at your practice setting
  • Ways to collaborate with health systems, insurers, businesses, community-based organizations, health departments to make a business case for the initiative
  • How ACPM and CDC can help you integrate the the initiative into your practice

Advance Reading Materials 

The following reading materials were made available prior to the listening session to allow participants to gain additional background information on the 6|18 initiative and contribute to a substantive discussion.

6|18 Initiative
Health Systems Transformation

This listening session is made possible through a grant from the CDC as part of a five year cooperative agreement on health systems transformation.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session participants were be able to:

  • Analyze and describe how physicians can utilize evidence and collaborate with payers, public health and other stakeholders to achieve sustainable systems-based change.
  • Identify the role of preventive medicine physicians in advancing the 6|18 initiative.
  • Discuss how preventive medicine physicians can collaborate with businesses, health insurance plans and other stakeholders to adopt the 6|18 initiative to address the six health conditions among employees.
  • Articulate the differences in the implementation of the 6|18 initiative in the traditional fee-for service and value-based care models.

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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