Division of Human Development and Disability Strategic Plan FY 2021–2025


Better health and brighter futures for people with, or at risk for, disabilities


Lead inclusive programs, surveillance, and research to improve the health and development of children and adults with, or at risk for, disabilities

Letter from Dr. Georgina Peacock, DHDD Director

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to present our completed 2021–2025 Strategic Plan for the Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD). We are looking forward to operationalizing the Plan and view it as a living document that will help guide the important work of DHDD during the next 5 years.

Almost every person will be impacted by a disability at some point in their lives, whether themselves or as a caregiver to a family member. As such, disability is a common part of the human experience. Through inclusive programs, surveillance, and research, DHDD strives to promote positive health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and enhance access to all aspects of community life and health care for people with all types of disabilities. DHDD is committed to the health and well-being of people with disabilities across the lifespan, as well as to supporting healthcare providers and caregivers to be active participants in the early identification and intervention of developmental disabilities and delays.

Our partners are critical in supporting people with disabilities, their caregivers, families, and communities. We could not accomplish all that we do without these important collaborations. I extend a sincere thank you to our partners. Finally, DHDD is able to accomplish all that it does due to the work and dedication of our team. Our inspirational staff help carry out the goals of DHDD with enthusiasm, dedication, and drive every single day.

Thank you for your commitment to our work together,

Georgina Peacock signature

Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Division of Human Development and Disability
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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