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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

What is the CDC?

The CDC, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focused on protection against threats to safety, security and health. The CDC combats over 400 conditions, diseases and health threats. These can be preventable or curable, acute or chronic and domestic or global. The CDC bases critical decisions on scientific data in the best interest of all.

The CDC works with various entities, including foreign governments and the World Health Organization (WHO), to fight global health hazards.

Why is the CDC important to healthcare?

The CDC is important because it improves the health security of the U.S. and its people. The CDC monitors and detects public health outbreaks to efficiently address any concerns, thus reducing healthcare costs and protecting lives. The CDC also promotes the advancement of science.