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CDC Releases Annual Health Impact Report

Published: February 20, 2009

Cover of the 2008 State of CDC report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to present the 2008 State of CDC, the agency's annual health impact report. The report, which is currently online, allows viewers to explore success stories of health protection, cutting edge research, and real world disease investigation that CDC conducted in 2008.

This year's theme is "Partnering for a Healthy World," which echoes CDC's vision of "Healthy People in a Healthy World – Through Prevention."

As the theme implies, this year's report not only focuses on the outstanding men and women at CDC who are making real differences through their work in public health, it also explores the vital partnerships that are developed to secure a healthy future for the nation and the world. CDC's partners exponentially help the agency carry out public health actions and develop public health findings and recommendations. By working with its partners and establishing a global network of staff, laboratories, and response centers, the agency can have the greatest impact on the future of public health.

The full report includes sections on CDC's commitment to scientific excellence, readiness and response, and partnerships, representing some of the crucial work CDC and its partners have undertaken in 2008.

Best in Science

As the agency continues to face a broad range of urgent threats, from emerging infections, to climate change and an aging population, meeting each of these challenges requires a strong grounding in scientific evidence. CDC's scientific findings and recommendations are much more than data and statistics—this information is used to guide public health actions that improve and protect lives around the world. Stories in this section include:

  • Controlling the Obesity Epidemic
  • Diabetes Tracking and Prevention Shows Progress
  • New HIV Test Revises Epidemic Trends
  • More Immigrants Being Screened for Tuberculosis
  • Pandemic Influenza: New Test, New Vaccines
  • Innovations in Medicine Safety
  • Preventing Disability from Disfiguring Lymphedema
  • Increasing Vaccine Access to Children Worldwide
  • Accessing Family History for Disease Risk and Prevention
  • Keeping Water Safe for the Navajo Nation

Readiness and Response

We have seen the harsh reality of natural disasters and infectious diseases with pandemic potential time and time again. CDC and its partners are taking the lead in preparing for the risk of pandemic flu and responding to natural disasters and terrorism in the United States and around the world. Stories in this section include:

  • CDC Responds in 2008
  • Containing Worldwide Threats
  • CDC and FBI Share Investigative Techniques
  • Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
  • CDC East turns to CDC West after Earthquake


This section includes stories that describe how CDC and its partners worked together on numerous domestic and global public health issues. Stories in this section include:

  • Partnering to Curb Teen Dating Violence
  • "Amazing" HIV Support Group
  • Reductions in Healthcare-associated Infections
  • Work Continues in Kenya Despite Post-election Violence
  • One Millionth Call to 1-800-QUIT-NOW
  • Staying Healthy at the Olympics
  • 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines

The FY08 The State of CDC report, along with previous versions, can be downloaded from the State of CDC's main page.

As CDC endeavors to become a more eco-friendly agency, the public is encouraged to view the annual report online where a printable PDF version is available. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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