Working with partners to improve global health : a strategy for CDC and ATSDR
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Working with partners to improve global health : a strategy for CDC and ATSDR

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      In today’s world of increasing globalization, the United States continually faces new challenges and opportunities in public health. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have prepared a Global Health Strategy. The rationale for CDC/ATSDR’s institutional commitment recognizes a) the increasing influence of determinants arising outside the country on US health; b) the mutual benefits of improving the health of other countries; c) the advantages of sharing US knowledge and public health expertise with international partners; and d) the need to respond to the health consequences of international emergencies. In addition, past and ongoing international work by CDC has provided a strong foundation on which to base its international initiatives.

      The CDC Global Health Strategy defines goals in the following five critical areas of public health:

      • Public Health Surveillance and Response — To strengthen global capacity to detect, investigate, and monitor disease and injury, as well as their causes, and to respond appropriately to problems as they are identified.

      • Public Health Infrastructure and Capacity Building — To work with countries to establish and maintain effective public health systems, including trained workforces and collection and use of essential information for effective public health policies and programs.

      • Disease and Injury Prevention and Control — To collaborate with countries and other international partners in developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention and control strategies to address important public health problems.

      • Applied Research for Effective Health Policies — To assist countries and other global partners to conduct applied research that will provide new information needed to improve the effectiveness of global public health policies and programs.

      • Exchange of Information and Lessons Learned — To promote the free flow of accurate technical information on global health problems and to share lessons learned in their control and prevention.

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