Reforming the CDC and U.S. Public Health: Reflections from Former Directors of the CDC

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Started in 1946 to prevent malaria from spreading across the United States, the mission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. The COVID-19 pandemic has catapulted the CDC, its guidance, leaders and policies to the center of attention with daily news stories and everyday conversations among the general public. With more focus than ever on this government agency, the Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) welcomed three former CDC directors on March 16, 2022 to reflect on the work of the CDC including how the agency can evolve to keep pace with health challenges around the world and what it means to have the microscope of the public on their decisions. For more information on other videos in this series, please visit:

YIGH launched the Global Health Conversation Series as a moderated forum for the Yale community and alumni to listen to and learn from some of today’s pivotal decision-makers in the world of global health and the COVID-19 pandemic. The series is generously supported by the George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture Fund in International Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. To learn more, please visit


Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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