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CDC moving forward summary report

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) faces structural and systemic operational challenges, which were exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff across the agency are deeply committed to the mission, working 24/7 to support and promote public health. Because of their expertise and tireless dedication, there have been many profound successes at the agency over the last several years. However, since the pandemic, we also acknowledge that CDC is responsible for some large, public mistakes.

    Acknowledging the need to change, in April 2022, the CDC Director launched a review of the agency. There were two components to this review, with designated leads for each:

    1. Scientific and Programmatic Review: To identify ways to improve and institutionalize how CDC develops and deploys its science, both in pandemic and non-emergency times. Interviews conducted by Mr. James Macrae.

    2. Structural Review: To gather feedback on the agency's current processes, systems, and structure and solicit suggestions for strategic change, with a strong focus on the agency's core capabilities - a diverse public health workforce, data modernization, laboratory capacity, rapid response to disease outbreaks, and preparedness within the US and around the world. Interviews were conducted by three current CDC senior leaders: Dr. Deb Houry, Mr. Robin Bailey, and Ms. Sherri Berger.

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    Background -- Approach to the Review -- Highlighting Examples of Progress to Date -- Structural Review: Findings and Recommendations -- Next Steps -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: COVID-19 Response and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Translating Science and Data into Policy and Communications.
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