Centers for Disease Control

Centers for Disease Control

job is to prevent, detect, and respond to diseases

CDC – Centers for Disease Control

The CDC stands for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a national public health institute in the United States that is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC’s mission is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability. They achieve this through a variety of means, including:

Conducting and supporting research
Tracking and investigating outbreaks
Developing and distributing health guidelines and recommendations
Providing funding and technical assistance to state and local health departments and other organizations
Operating laboratories and other facilities to support public health efforts
The CDC also plays a key role in responding to public health emergencies such as pandemics and natural disasters.

Center for Disease Control
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is a government agency that was created on July 1st 1946 in Atlanta GA. At the time the primary mission of the CDC was to prevent malaria from spreading across the US. Since then the CDC has expanded it’s mission to focus on prevention and preparation of any health challenge facing our nation. Below if an excerpt of the mission statement from the CDC website:

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

(Source: CDC website)

In short, the CDC has the responsibility to alert, educate and empower citizens to maintain their health. Their mission statement includes anything that threatens the lives of our community whether the threat be a disease, deliberate attack, human error, acute, curable, chronic or preventable.

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