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A Message From the CDC Director


Dr. Frieden PhotoWelcome to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)!

I am delighted that you are joining the CDC/ATSDR family. Every employee performs an important role in our agency. We strive to be a productive, healthy organization by encouraging a diverse and inclusive workforce, recognized for high quality work around the world.

To fulfill our mission, CDC/ATSDR works 24/7 to develop tools and share information that people and communities need to better protect their health –through health promotion; prevention of disease, injury, and disability; and preparedness for new health threats.

    CDC/ATSDR collaborates 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 health behaviors.
  • Foster safe and healthful environments.
  • Provide leadership and trainin.

Programs in each of CDC’s centers, institutes, and offices conduct these core activities, basing their work on scientific excellence. This dedication requires a world-class team committed to advancing public health.

    As you begin your career at CDC, I want to share five key principles that guide our work:
  • Be a diligent steward of the funds entrusted to the agency.
  • Provide an environment for intellectual and personal growth and integrity.
  • Base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data, openly and objectively derived.
  • Place the benefits to society above the benefits to the institution.
  • Treat all people with dignity, honesty, and respect.
CDC/ATSDR has long been at the forefront of public health innovation. With your skills and personal commitment to public health, we will continue to improve our ability to promote and protect the physical and mental health and well-being of people throughout the United States and around the world.

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