Friday, November 23, 2007

About the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC home page.

The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services.

CDC´s top organizational components include the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and six Coordinating Centers/Offices:

Coordinating Center for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention (CCEHIP)
Coordinating Center for Health Information Service (CCHIS)
Coordinating Center for Health Promotion (CoCHP)
Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID)
Coordinating Office for Global Health (COGH)
Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER)

CDC mission: To promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

CDC seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and the world to

  • monitor health,
  • detect and investigate health problems,
  • conduct research to enhance prevention,
  • develop and advocate sound public health policies,
  • implement prevention strategies,
  • promote healthy behaviors,
  • foster safe and healthful environments,
  • provide leadership and training.
Those functions are the backbone of CDC’s mission. Each of CDC’s component organizations undertakes these activities in conducting its specific programs. The steps needed to accomplish this mission are also based on scientific excellence, requiring well-trained public health practitioners and leaders dedicated to high standards of quality and ethical practice.

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