CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health & Human Services.
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
CDC increases the health security of nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.
CDC in the 21st Century
- On the cutting edge of health security – confronting global disease threats through advanced computing and lab analysis of huge amounts of data to quickly find solutions.
- Putting science into action – tracking disease and finding out what is making people sick and the most effective ways to prevent it.
- Helping medical care – bringing new knowledge to individual health care and community health to save more lives and reduce waste.
- Fighting diseases before they reach our borders – detecting and confronting new germs and diseases around the globe to increase our national security.
- Nurturing public health – building on our significant contribution to have strong, well-resourced public health leaders and capabilities at national, state and local levels to protect Americans from health threats.
- Detecting and responding to new and emerging health threats.
- Tackling the biggest health problems causing death and disability for Americans.
- Putting science and advanced technology into action to prevent disease.
- Promoting healthy and safe behaviors, communities and environment.
- Developing leaders and training the public health workforce, including disease detectives.
- Taking the health pulse of our nation.