Our Programs and Impact
CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control is a leader in efforts to reduce preventable cancers and improve the health of cancer survivors. The division collects data on all cancer cases in the United States and works with national organizations and state and local health agencies to help Americans lower their cancer risk by increasing the use of effective cancer prevention programs and screening tests.
CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation supports public health programs and national organizations that identify people with prediabetes, prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications, and improve the health of all people with diabetes. These programs have helped millions of Americans reduce their risk of diabetes or prevent life-threatening complications if they already have the disease. Read the Division of Diabetes Translation At A Glance.
National Diabetes Prevention Program
Prediabetes Awareness CampaignExternal
Diabetes TV: Your Health with Joan Lunden and CDC
National Diabetes Education Program
Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative
Vision Health Initiative
CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention supports state, local, tribal, and territorial heart disease and stroke prevention programs that help millions of Americans control their high blood pressure and reduce other cardiovascular disease risk factors. These efforts have helped lower death rates from heart disease and stroke, which are the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States. Read the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention At A Glance.
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity protects the health of Americans at every stage of life by encouraging regular physical activity and good nutrition. The division supports state and community partners to provide data, programs that work, and practical tools so that Americans have the best possible opportunity to achieve healthier lives and avoid chronic diseases.
The Division of Oral Health provides leadership to improve the nation’s oral health by promoting effective interventions—dental sealants and water fluoridation—and improving care coordination with other chronic diseases and routine medical care. The division supports local, state, and national oral health programs with funding, technical assistance and training and conducts surveillance, evaluation, and research to monitor disease burden and risk factors. The division guides infection prevention and control practices in dental settings by promoting adherence to guidelines and safe practices; and manages a residency program to develop the dental public health workforce through specialized training.
The Division of Population Health provides scientific leadership and expertise and public health monitoring to prevent costly chronic disease and promote health across the lifespan.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Healthy Schools Program
Prevention Research Centers Program
Workplace Health Promotion Program
CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health addresses issues related to reproductive health, maternal health, and infant health. For over 50 years, CDC has been dedicated to improving the lives of women, children, and families through research, public health monitoring, scientific assistance, and partnerships.
CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. OSH partners with states, territories, tribes and national organizations to protect kids and help smokers quit. These efforts have saved lives and money by preventing and reducing tobacco use – the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Read the Office on Smoking and Health At A Glance.
CDC supports all 50 states and the District of Columbia in their efforts to address the serious national health problems of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. CDC supports state efforts to:
- Prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk and improve the health of people living with diabetes.
- Prevent and manage cardiovascular disease.
In September, 2018 State Health Departments were awarded funds under a new 5-year cooperative agreement.
CDC recently awarded funds to State and Local Health Departments to design, test, and evaluate innovative approaches to address the significant national health problems of diabetes and heart disease and stroke (28 total awardees). With CDC support, these health departments will develop new approaches to increase the reach and effectiveness of evidence-based public health strategies in populations and communities with a high burden of diabetes, or heart disease and stroke. Recipients will conduct rigorous evaluations so that CDC and others can learn from this work.
CDC supports public health approaches to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. NCCDPHP’s largest investment to improve health among American Indians and Alaska Natives is the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program. The center makes additional investments to prevent and control cancer, commercial tobacco use, and build public health capacity and infrastructure in Indian Country.
Several CDC programs work to prevent premature birth, support breastfeeding, and promote safe home environments so that infants can have the healthiest start in life.
CDC works to keep children and adolescents healthy by improving nutrition and physical activity opportunities in school, preventing tobacco use, helping students manage their chronic health conditions in school, promoting the use of dental sealants to prevent cavities, and promoting adequate sleep.