Dr. Calonge, the Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is also the State Epidemiologist and the Executive Director of State Bioterrorism Preparedness. He is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Calonge is also the President of the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners, which licenses and provides regulatory oversight for physicians and physician assistants. Dr. Calonge serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Academy of Family Practice (President), the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (Board Chair), and the Colorado Prevention Center. At the Colorado Medical Society, he chairs the Health Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition.
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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), first convened by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1984, and since 1998 sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is the leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care. The USPSTF conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of a broad range of clinical preventive services, including screening, counseling, and preventive medications. Its recommendations are considered the "gold standard" for clinical preventive services.
The mission of the USPSTF is to evaluate the benefits of individual services based on age, gender, and risk factors for disease; make recommendations about which preventive services should be incorporated routinely into primary medical care and for which populations; and identify a research agenda for clinical preventive care. USPSTF recommendations have formed the basis of the clinical standards for many professional societies, health organizations, and medical quality review groups. Previous editions of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services have been used widely in undergraduate and post-graduate medical and nursing education as a key reference for teaching preventive care. The work of the USPSTF has helped establish the importance of including prevention in primary health care, ensuring insurance coverage for effective preventive services, and holding providers and health care systems accountable for delivering effective care. Federal partners include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Primary care partners include the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, America's Health Insurance Plans, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the Pan American Health Organization.
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