Recognizing the CDC NPHI Program’s 10th Anniversary: 2011-2021

CDC leadership recognize the 10th Anniversary of the National Public Health Institute (NPHI) program.

Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health

Dear Colleagues:

Please join me in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of CDC’s National Public Health Institute (NPHI) Program. This milestone recognizes the incredible accomplishments achieved through the partnership of the U.S. CDC, ministries of health, our long-standing partner IANPHI, and other key stakeholders.

The platform created by CDC’s NPHI Program in 2011 has maximized the impact of global investments in developing sustainable homes for national public health programs. As new and re-emerging deadly diseases claim lives and disrupt the social and economic fabric of our society, it is increasingly critical for countries to have NPHIs to detect and respond to these public health threats and prevent them before they start.

Over the past ten years, CDC’s NPHI Program has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with partners in over thirty countries to develop and strengthen national NPHIs. We are honored to be a part of this global effort. Many of these NPHIs are leading national responses to COVID-19 and other health threats in their respective countries, demonstrating the need for strong NPHIs that work to protect the health and lives of all people.

As U.S. CDC and its global partners continue to lean forward to close the gaps in health security, NPHIs will undoubtedly continue to play a prominent role and are a keystone in creating a safer and healthier world.   Thank you to our CDC NPHI Program for your passion and commitment to service.  I wish you continued success in advancing global health security.


Rebecca Martin, PhD 
Director, Center for Global Health
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nancy Knight, MD, Director of Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP)


As I reflect on the CDC NPHI Program’s 10th Anniversary and its significant progress developing homes for public health in more than 30 countries, I am humbled by what we have achieved. Working tirelessly with ministries of health, IANPHI, and other partners amid ongoing public health challenges and shrinking resources, we have much to celebrate. I applaud our CDC NPHI Program team for maintaining laser focus and going the extra mile to ensure this mission-critical program’s success.

We know that the complex work of building country capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats is not easy and cannot be done alone. It takes tremendous fortitude, resources, planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and political will to strengthen public health systems and make them work effectively.

With infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics on the rise, we must remain steadfast in our mission and work even harder to build global sustainable public health capacities under the NPHI umbrella. I thank all our partners for putting their trust in CDC, allowing us to partner with you to help strengthen existing NPHIs and establish new ones. Without your support, we would not be able to expand the global roster of CDC-like institutions or accomplish this level of success. As we look toward the future, I feel confident that we will close gaps and make even more significant progress toward achieving global health security by leveraging resources and continuing to work together as partners.


Nancy Knight, MD 
Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General
Director, Division of Global Health Protection
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention