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Florida Department of Health; Chair, Advisory Committee to the CDC
John O. Agwunobi, MD, MBA, MPH
American Public Health Association
In the twenty-five years since CDC's last major restructuring, the job of protecting the public's health has become a more complex task requiring greater coordination, flexibility and efficiency than ever before.
Through the new Coordinating Center for Health Information and Sciences, the CDC has highlighted how important it is to give the American public a one-stop shopping source of information on health services and programs while opening the door to promoting collaboration with the agency's partners at the federal, state and local levels. Scientists across the agency are coming together to sponsor a summit and contribute articles that address multiple aspects of health care, including diabetes, smoking, nutrition, obesity, cancer and oral health.
This enhanced collaborative network helps educate and inform Americans about public health through programs that examine stages of our lives and other aspects of our health. Organizations with similar agendas and activities are more encouraged to work together and a greater cooperation exists among CDC operating units. The result is the delivery of more direct, targeted messages to Americans of how they may live longer, healthier lives.”
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
George E. Hardy, Jr., MD, MPH
National Association of County and City Health Officials
CDC's coordination with city and county health officials is vital to protecting the health of all Americans. One example of the agency demonstrating its commitment to strengthening these relationships is the proposed creation of a new Division of Public Health Partnerships. Through this new division and the assignment of state-level portfolio managers, we anticipate CDC becoming even more responsive to the needs of state and local public health organizations. Local public health can serve as the ‘front door’ for CDC to our shared customer, the people of all our communities.
The nation's governmental public health system, in which CDC, state, and local public health agencies each play unique and indispensable roles, has been growing stronger. Counties, cities and towns, in which local public health agencies work every day with their community partners in the public and private sectors to promote health and prevent disease, will benefit from improved access to CDC's scientific expertise, which is second to none."
Patrick M. Libbey
American Schools of Public Health
Dr. Harrison Spencer
This page last updated April 21, 2005
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