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CDC Policy-Focused Offices & Programs

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The Office of the Associate Director for Policy (OADP) is the nexus for CDC’s policy activities. Contact OADP.

Public Health Law Program

The Public Health Law Program (PHLP) is in the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS). PHLP’s mission is to advance the public’s health through law. PHLP has three strategic goals: 1) to improve the understanding and use of law as a public health tool, 2) to develop CDC’s capacity to apply law to achieve health protection goals, and 3) to develop the legal preparedness of the public health system to address all public health priorities.

Office of the Associate Director for Policy

The Office of the Associate Director for Policy (OADP) is the nexus for CDC’s policy activities. Its mission is to bring about policies that result in demonstrable public health improvements globally and at the federal, state, and local levels.
CDC and other federal policy resources provided by OADP

Program Performance and Evaluation Office

The Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO) helps CDC programs and external partners achieve the greatest possible health impact. Its mission is to increase the impact and effectiveness of public health programs through innovation and sound program design and the use of performance and evaluation data for continuous improvement.

CDC’s Washington Office

CDC’s Washington Office (CDC/W) designs strategies for complex public health issues and develops plans for CDC’s work with Congress and other Washington area organizations (agencies, private and nonprofit, think tanks, and associations) to advance CDC’s public health goals. CDC/W, which is part of CDC′s Office of the Director, acts as a liaison between CDC and the Washington policy community.

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Public Health Law 101

Learn more about how law and policy protect and promote the public’s health. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of law, ethics, and the legal system as they frame public health practice in the United States.