Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborates to create the expertise, information and tools that people and communities need to protect their health –- through health promotion; prevention of disease, injury and disability; and preparedness for new health threats.

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It is included in the CJS Resource Library under the categories listed below. Select a link to find other resources in that category.

  • Background / History: The CDC has historically been the governmental agency that provides oversight for the nation’s public health. States are required to submit surveillance and other types of data.
  • Environmental Issues: The CDCs website provides national direction for the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment. The direct web link is:
  • Preparedness / Emergency Response: The CDC works 24/7 with state and local health departments to save lives and safeguard communities from public health threats. When states are prepared to detect or respond rapidly to threats, communities are better protected. The CDC plays a critical role in preparing states because of its unique expertise in responding to infectious, occupational or environmental incidents. The direct web link is:
  • Quality Improvement: The CDC has a number of external quality assessment resources available. The direct web link is:
  • Research and Evaluation: The CDC has a number of resources that address its activities around increasing the impact of CDC science through the promotion of high quality extramural research that is most likely to result in decreases in public health burden and improvements in population health. The direct web link is: .
  • Surveillance / Data Sharing: The CDC provides national public health oversight and a centralized point for submitting state-level public health data and statistics. The direct web link to the various data topics is:
  • Tribal Issues: The CDC has a unit named “Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support,” that was formed to support and improve public health and advance U.S. public health agency and system performance, capacity, agility and resilience. The direct web link is: