The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or, CDC is the United States national public health agency. It is a federal agency of the United States that reports to the Department of Health and Human Services and are headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
The agency’s primary goal is to protect public health and safety by controlling and preventing disease, injury, and disability in the United States and around the world. The CDC concentrates on national attention on disease control and prevention research and implementation. It focuses on infectious diseases, food-borne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention, and educational activities aimed at improving the health of Americans. In addition, the CDC conducts research and disseminates information on non-infectious diseases such as obesity and diabetes, and it is a founding member of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.
As of 2022, Rochelle Walensky is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Today, the CDC is one of the Department of Health and Human Services’ major operating components, and it is widely regarded as the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency.