The CDC Policy Process

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CDC’s Policy Process provides a systematic way to develop policies that can help you address public health problems in your community. The policy process is like a journey that takes you through five domains, including stakeholder engagement and evaluation. It ultimately results in implementing a policy.

Just like any trip, you need to decide where you want to go, weigh the pros and cons of different destinations and routes, plan your itinerary, and then travel to your destination.

Here’s a peek at what that journey looks like at each domain of the policy process:


Let’s start this policy journey together and learn more about how you can use the policy process to develop or change policy to address public health problems.