Center for Disease Control

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Sarah Wenson
T/TH 9:30
Dr. Allegra Blake
4/20/2012

Abstract
The Center for Disease Control is a United States public agency that works to protect health and safety. They do this by researching diseases and provide information about them to help Americans stay healthy. The Center for Disease control has workers who are called disease detectives. These are the people that go to different countries to do research on diseases and bring the information back to America to make sure we are aware and educated about them. Disease detectives and the Center for Disease Control, work together to stop thousands of diseases, they stick to 5 strategic plans to do so. They have been following the same plan since the day that they opened, 66 years ago. The three main diseases that the Center for Disease Control are trying to stop the spread of today are influenza, sexually transmitted diseases, and foodborne illnesses.

Sarah Wenson
T/TH 9:30
Dr. Allegra Blake
4/20/2012
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Introduction
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more commonly known as the CDC, is a United States federal agency that works to protect public health and safety. They do this by researching diseases and providing information about them to broaden Americans health decisions. The CDC is the United States prime public health institute. At the CDC, there are workers who are called “disease detectives” and their main job is to research diseases and provide feedback to the CDC about them, to inform Americans. Disease Detectives research all sorts of diseases, their main projects today are; the common flu, sexually transmitted diseases, and foodborne illnesses. History

The CDC opened their first research center on July 1st of 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia. This CDC opened up because malaria was such a big issues so there needed to be research done on how to stop it. After months of research, the CDC came up with a goal to kill off all of the mosquitos, because that is where the malaria was coming from. To do this they brought in tons of trucks and sprayers to bomb over 6.5 million homes with mosquito killer. The Center for Disease Control came up with five strategic plans to ensure that they are fulfilling the needs of everybody. Those five plans were: “supporting state and local health departments, improving global health, implementing measures to decrease leading causes of death, strengthening surveillance and epidemiology, and reforming health policies”(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The Center for Disease Control still uses those five methods today. The Center for Disease Control mission statement is, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). They have stayed true to this mission statement since the day that they opened their first research center. According to the article “Ten Great Public Health Achievements”, The CDC made motor vehicles safer by coming up with ways to increase seat belt protection, better car seats, and safer motorcycle helmets. By having safer work place there has been a reduction of 40% of occupational injuries. Since 1972, the death rate for coronary heart disease has decreased by 51%, because CDC has provided early access detection and better treatments. To ensure that the public was eating safer and healthier foods, the CDC made sure to decrease the microbial contamination in the foods, and increase the nutritional content. The CDC was very concerned with the health of mothers and babies, to provide better safety the CDC made sure that the mother and children had access to antibiotics along with greater health care. The Center for Disease Control also made the technology for neonatal...
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