CDC announces new goals, organizational redesign

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta has announced organizational changes for fiscal year 2005 intended to help the agency "respond more nimbly to public health threats and emerging issues."

CDC director Julie Gerberding, MD, says the agency will align its priorities and investments under two overarching health protection goals:

Preparedness: All people in all communities will be protected from infectious, environmental, and terrorist threats.

Health Promotion and Prevention of Disease, Injury and Disability: All people will achieve their optimal life span with the best possible quality of health in every stage of life.

In addition, the agency is developing more targeted goals to ensure an improved impact on health at every stage of life, including infants and toddlers, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.

The CDC will be organized into the following coordinating centers:

Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases: This includes the National Center for Infectious Diseases, the National Immunization Program, and the National Center for STD, TB, and HIV Prevention.

Coordinating Center for Health Promotion: This includes the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

Coordinating Center for Environmental Health, Injury Prevention, and Occupational Health: This includes the National Center for Environmental Health, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Coordinating Center for Health Information and Services: This includes the National Center for Health Statistics, a new National Center for Health Marketing, and a new Center for Public Health Informatics.

Office of Global Health.

Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.

For more information, visit the CDC web site at www.cdc.gov.