To keep pace with emerging public health challenges and to address the leading causes of death and disability, the CDC has begun an effort to achieve measurable impact quickly in a few targeted areas. The term "Winnable Battles" describes public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and with known, effective strategies to intervene. The charge under Winnable Battles is to identify optimal strategies and to rally resources and partnerships to accelerate a measurable impact on health.
To date, CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden and CDC leaders have identified these winnable battles based on the scope of the burden and our ability to make significant progress in improving outcomes. These priority areas include: