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About CDC & the US Public Health System

To most effectively work together, it's important for public health professionals to understand how the public health system functions and operates.

  • About CDC
    Learn more about CDC's organizational structure and access factsheets and leadership bios.
  • About OSTLTS
    Learn about the office formed specifically to support state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health agencies and check out some of Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Supports' programs, initiatives, and communication products.
  • Public Health 101 PPT [3.15MB], PDF [1.57MB]
    Learn about the components of the US public health system and how they work together to improve the nation's health. You may customize and use this presentation for your own informational and educational purposes.
  • The Public Health System and the 10 Essential Public Health Services
    Read about the 10 Essential Public Health Services that all communities should provide.
  • Budget, Grants, & Funding
    Learn about CDC’s budget, grants and funding for STLTs, and public health system financing in general.
  • Health Agency Profiles
    Use these profiles of national, state, tribal, local, and territorial health agencies to increase your knowledge of the public health system.
  • Health Department Sites & Governance
    Learn about public health governance structures and access information about state and local health departments.
  • National Strategies & Initiatives
    Check out this list of national health initiatives, strategies, action plans, and guidelines intended to inform, enhance, and guide public health efforts across the U.S.
  • Partnerships
    See some of the work being done through cooperative agreements between OSTLTS and CDC partners to benefit STLT health agency staff.
  • Policy
    Access legislation, regulations, policies, and other resources from CDC's policy-related offices and other national policy organizations.
  • Public Health Law
    Learn how CDC's Public Health Law Program works to improve the health by developing law-related tools and providing legal technical assistance to public health practitioners and policy makers in STLT jurisdictions.
  • Tribal Support
    Learn more about CDC's work as the primary link between the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and Tribal governments.
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