Disease Prevention and Public Health

Elected Officials Should Listen to Public Health Professionals

In thinking about threats to your health, how important is it that elected officials at all levels listen to advice from public health professionals?


Source: A Research!America poll of U.S. adults conducted in partnership with Zogby Analytics in January 2016. 

Prevention & Public Health

Prevention and public health research helps Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. Despite increasing threats to public health such as rising obesity and diabetes rates, avian flu and bioterrorism, funding for core prevention and health protection programs at CDC has been flat. Research!America polls show that Americans think investment in the CDC and prevention and public health research should be increased

Visit Research!America's CDC page and learn more about why federal investment in the CDC is important. 

Public Health Thank You Day

Each year on the Monday before Thanksgiving, we honor local public health heroes who work tirelessly everyday making sure your water is safe to drink and your children receive the immunizations they need. Learn more about Public Health Thank You Day.

“Thousands of doctors, researchers, nurses and others in the US and around the world dedicate their lives to protecting the public's health from infections and diseases,” said Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Because of their determination to stop the spread of life-threatening viruses and bacteria, to conduct disease prevention research, and to help people make healthier personal choices, we can all live healthier and safer lives. Thank you!"

Speak out using the communications toolkit and a series of print ads highlighting the day-to-day benefits that prevention and public health research delivers to Americans. These ads, spotlighting chronic diseases and unintentional injuries, emphasize the leadership role that the CDC plays in protecting Americans from needless suffering.

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Luck shouldn't play a role in why I'm alive.
Laurie MacCaskill, a seven-year pancreatic cancer survivor