INTRODUCTION



For more than half a century, CDC has been at the forefront of the fight against disease. The Agency has received worldwide recognition for uncovering the causes of disease and for preventing disease, injury, and disability. CDC's record of achievement is a tribute to the combined efforts of thousands of dedicated employees who are proud to be part of the Agency's mission. Every day they perform tasks of vital importance to the health of the nation and the world.

CDC is people ... a laboratory worker who dons a protective"space suite" before entering a maximum containment laboratory to do research on a deadly virus ... an epidemiologist in a small Brazilian town, who listens carefully to a grieving parent tell about her child's death from a mysterious illness ... a team of scientists, in a race against time, searching blood and tissue samples for clues to a killer organism instrument ... a statistician who analyzes survey data to determine significant trends in the nation's public health ... an employee who greets foreign visitors with a smile and gives them helpful information about CDC and Atlanta ... a health educator who sits down with State health department staff to plan an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign targeted to teenagers.

CDC has over 7,000 employees--scientists, health professionals, technicians, public administrators, and support staff--from more than 170 fields. They bring energy, creativity, dedication, and hard work to the public health challenges of the nation and the world. CDC's greatest strength is its people.










OUR VISION

HEALTHY PEOPLE IN A HEALTHY WORLD --THROUGH PREVENTION

The mission of CDC is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

Today, the causes of disease, injury, and disability are often linked to behavior, lifestyle, working conditions, or the environment. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke cause 70 percent of all deaths in the United States.

Racial and ethnic minorities generally suffer higher rates of disease and disability and have shorter life spans. To understand the reasons for this disparity, the traditional scope of scientific investigation must be broadened to include social and behavioral factors.

The public health challenges of the future require sophisticated technology and complex intervention strategies. They also call for collaboration within the public health community. To meet these challenges, CDC staff work in partnership with health officials at the community, State, national, and international levels, as well as many others concerned with public health. Through leadership, training, and information-sharing, CDC has a commitment to strengthening the public health system, especially at the community level.

Today, CDC is know worldwide for its accomplishments in public health. Whether the threat is AIDS, breast cancer, lead, injury, radon, or smoking, CDC is committed to making a difference.










YOUR OPPORTUNITY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers unparalleled opportunity. You can feel the satisfaction of knowing that your work contributes to an important public health mission. You can experience firsthand the exciting advances being made today in science and technology. You will work in partnership with others who are committed to the goals of public health. And your contribution will be valued.

CDC offers many opportunities for learning and professional growth. The Agency has a vital continuing education program, both in-house and off-site, for all employees. Lecture series feature leading experts in their fields. CDC is host to visiting scientists from around the world, who come to learn and to share their expertise. The Agency itself is a rich learning resource --world-class scientists are found throughout its ranks.

CDC awards postdoctoral and senior associateships in biomedical research, in conjunction with the National Research Council. Associates work under the mentorship of staff scientists. In addition, CDC sponsors several programs that give health professional and scientists from other institutions an opportunity to participate in the Agency's research.

Budding scientists and public health administrators are also valued. CDC makes an investment in its staff. Many leaders at CDC today -- and others who are widely respected in the field of public health -- got their start in the Agency's many student programs, the Epidemic Intelligence Service training program, etc. CDC has over 40 student/training opportunities available.

Essential to every endeavor at CDC is a support staff in a wide range of technical, administrative, and professional fields: human resources, financial management, procurement and grants, information resources, management analysis, and engineering services. The role of grounds keepers, skilled tradespeople and craftspeople tightly interwoven with the responsibilities of every other employee in fulfilling the mission of CDC.

Several colleges and universities are located in Atlanta, where CDC is headquartered, among them: Clark-Atlanta University; Emory University, which is adjacent to CDC Clifton Road; Georgia Institute of Technology; Georgia State University; Morehouse College; Morris Brown College; and Spelman College. Employees may pursue higher education on their own and, in some cases, with agency assistance.

Many scientists and health professionals at CDC have faculty appointments at these institutions. They enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills with students and having opportunities to collaborate with their academic colleagues. They also have a chance to participate in research with other organizations in the Clifton corridor Council.

Named after Clifton Road in Atlanta where CDC and other biomedical facilities are clustered, the Council is an organization that encompasses all of Georgia's biomedical technology resources. Its purpose is to promote partnerships of business, academia, and government in furthering biomedical research and technological development.

Among the 110 institutions involved in the Council are: CDC, Yerkes Primate Laboratory, American Cancer Society, Emory-Georgia Institute of Technology Biomedical Technology Research Center, Clark-Atlanta University, University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Medical College of Georgia, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

CDC also has offices located in Anchorage, Alaska; Fort Collins, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Hyattsville, Maryland; Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Spokane, Washington; and Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition, many CDC employees work in State and local health departments in all of the fifty states and throughout the world.