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.

“We are all vulnerable to communicable and non-communicable diseases, injuries, and other threats to our heath, with the poorest among us disproportionately affected,” said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. “Today, we salute the millions of public health workers globally – in communities, clinics, research laboratories, health departments and many other settings who have dedicated their lives to helping all the world’s people achieve the highest attainable standard of health. Thank you for your service!”

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.

Policy Contacts

Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco