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Public Health Policy

CDC defines “policy” as a law, regulation, procedure, administrative action, incentive, or voluntary practice of governments and other institutions. The health of our nation is influenced by public health policies—examples include tobacco control policies and school nutrition policies for healthier meals in schools.

Policy Topics

CDC’s Policy-Focused Offices & Programs
The primary groups at CDC that deal with policy-related issues, including the Public Health Law Program and the Office of the Associate Director for Policy.

Guidelines & Recommendations
Guidelines and recommendations that are focused on providing actionable steps to address a specific issue of importance to public health, and developed by CDC, by CDC working in collaboration with other organizations or agencies, and by CDC federal advisory committees.

Integrity & Accountability Review Offices
The Government Accountability Office and the HHS Office of the Inspector General help to ensure the integrity and accountability of CDC activities.

Legislation, Regulations & Policies
Many laws, regulations, and policies have implications for federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial governments, as well as the general public.

National Health Initiatives, Strategies & Action Plans
National health initiatives, strategies, and action plans often have policy implications.

National Organization Policy Resources
List of national organizations that serve the public health system.