Centers for Disease Control
This research project is about the Centers for Disease Control. This is a very interesting topic. One reason to learn more about the CDC is to find out about who they are and what they do. They are mentioned numerous times in the book called The Things That Keep Us Here. One interesting fact is that, during a time of crisis they try to keep people from going into a panic (cdc.gov). Doing this means that when a disease hits they are in charge of making sure everyone has what is necessary to survive. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always mean people will get the help they need or get it when they need it. They may wear HAZMAT suits and go door to door to see if people need assistance (cdc.gov). They also may give people a safe place to stay that is not contaminated with the disease or other dangers (cdc.gov).
They also have a really cool motto. Their motto says “If you are sick, we have a cure for you” (cdc.gov). This is important because it builds confidence in people. They feel cared about and know that someone has their backs. Nearly everyone feels better when they know if sickness strikes, someone is working to find the right cure.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was founded on July 1, 1946 to help fight an outbreak of malaria (cdc.gov). It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (cdc.gov). It currently employs about 15,000 people, and has an annual budget of $11.3 billion (cdc.gov).
The CDC’s primary purpose is to be sure that Americans remain as safe and healthy as possible. To do this, they must fulfill many responsibilities. One of these duties is health surveillance (Trethan). This means that they monitor infectious and non-infectious breakouts of diseases, such as swine or avian (bird) flu, AIDS, food contamination, asthma, diabetes and sexually transmitted diseases (Trethan).
Another role the CDC has is to take preventive action against illness and disease (Trethan). This includes educating the public about the importance of immunizations, the dangers of obesity and informing people about common birth defects. Also included is the job of responding and providing help and guidance in emergency situations, such as natural disasters and explosions.
Research is a very big part of the duties of the CDC. They have many national research centers to study the causes of diseases and how to treat, cure and eliminate them (cdc.gov). They study and do research on a large variety of different problems, including birth defects and developmental disabilities, disease prevention, infectious diseases, environmental health and injury prevention (Trethan). They also keep statistics on many illnesses, injuries and natural disasters so that researchers can learn from these events so that they don’t happen again (cdc.gov).
There are four basic types of public health threats that the Centers for Disease Control help with. First are...