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Welcome to the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) Web site, a central portal to information on National Institutes of Health (NIH) prevention research initiatives, research results, events, and publications.

ODP fosters, coordinates, and assesses prevention and health promotion research as part of the NIH effort to improve public health, reduce disease burden, and improve the quality of life for all Americans.

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Research on disease prevention is an important part of the NIH mission. The Institutes and Centers have a broad portfolio of prevention research and training, as well as programs to disseminate the findings to scientists, health professionals, communities, and the public.


Agencies throughout the Department of Health and Human Services sponsor initiatives, programs, and guides aimed at promoting healthy living and preventing disease, including Healthy People 2010, Community Guide to Preventive Services, United States Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, and Steps to a Healthier US.

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NIH supports a wide range of public health campaigns, clinical trials, and other research on the prevention of specific diseases as well as general prevention topics. Information about or based on these specific efforts is often available for both researchers and the general public.