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Featured Partners

Here are some exciting examples of how individuals and organizations are partnering to promote public heath preparedness and response. To learn about other featured partners at CDC, see our previous Featured Partners examples.

TB Response Volunteers

In December 2012, a student at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia was diagnosed with what once was the leading cause of death in the United States - tuberculosis (TB).

Just months later, two more students were diagnosed with TB, which causes heavy, relentless coughing, excruciating chest pain, and uncontrollable fatigue. Learn more about how Virginia’s Fairfax County Health Department successfully prepared for, responded to, and overcame this TB outbreak.

CDC's youngest partners

CDC’s youngest partners are adopting a new pet into their families to help protect themselves against public health emergencies. Ready Wrigley, CDC’s new “preparedness pup,” inspires youth readiness and promotes individual resilience in a big way.

Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Save the Children, Ready Wrigley is making her way into the homes and classrooms of children across the United States. Join the preparedness pup as she helps teach the nation’s kids and their families how to be safe during a public health emergency through fun games, activities, coloring pages, and an interactive website!

Scientists working in a lab

In 1995, a microbiologist was arrested for illegally obtaining Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague. How did he do it? By mail order.

The Federal Select Agent Program was created to prevent biological agents and toxins from falling into the hands of the wrong people. Learn more about the program’s evolution, and a recent collaboration among multiple federal partners, which streamlines the federal inspection process while ensuring public safety.


Next time you are in a “big box” store, think about the incredible number of people it must take to bring the store’s goods and services right into your neighborhood.

Hundreds and sometimes thousands of people make it all come together. These people are likely your neighbors, or at a minimum come into your community regularly to get their job done. Their employers have a vested interest in your area, and they want to keep everything running smoothly during an emergency. Recently, two nationally owned retailers came together with their local public health departments in a pilot project to ensure that their employees can receive life-saving medication during a public health emergency. As a result, the employees, business, and surrounding community will be better prepared if a disaster strikes.

Please consider becoming our partner! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Partner Program provides the opportunity for organizations to establish a formal or informal relationship that can be mutually beneficial and ensure a healthy and safe nation. PHPR serves a variety of audiences, and our Partner Program allows partners to be matched with areas of our office that share similar missions.

CDC and PHPR work 24/7/365 to keep America safe from all hazards, both foreign and domestic. A government-centric approach to national health security falls short in meeting the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. Furthermore, no one group, agency, organization or business owns the problems or has the resources to solve them. Recognizing this, PHPR seeks to more broadly engage partners to maximize resources and overall impact. In these challenging economic times, health security is a national challenge that calls for a national, whole community solution. Effective partnerships will overcome these challenges.

Partnership Opportunities

COCACDC Clinician Outreach Communication Activity (COCA)
COCA partners with national medical and public health organizations to ensure that clinicians have timely, credible, and accurate information needed to provide care.

CDC Foundation
CDC Foundation

The CDC Foundation is dedicated solely to helping CDC do more, faster, by forging partnerships between CDC and those in the private sector – foundations, corporations and individuals – who want to help CDC protect and improve health.


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