What is public health? Who is CDC?
About CDC's 10 Great Public Health Achievements
in the 20th Century
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Essential background info

Basics on what public health is, who CDC is, and where CDC originally published the list

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*Fluoride was
one of 10 Modern Miracles that resulted in Americans living longer & healthier lives
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Public Health 101

Ten achievements in public health ... but ...

What exactly is public health?

  • Public health is a science.
  • The goal of public health is to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote health.
  • Public health uses organized efforts and informed choices to achieve this goal.
  • Who organizes these efforts and makes those choices?
    • Society
    • Public and private oganizations
    • Communities
    • Individuals

arrow pointing to definition of public health another arrow pointing to definition of public health A bullet point definition of public health - based on Charles-Edward Winslow's classic 1920 paper. Still relevant today!

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America's wellness experts

Original authors of the 10 public health achievements: CDC

Who is CDC?

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • A federal science agency
  • The nation's leading public health institute
  • Over 9000 scientists
  • Experts in...

    epidemiology, prevention, behavioral health, environmental health, lab work & more

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 CDC =
 the scientists our nation hires
 to protect the public's health
 and prevent disease

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CDC's premier public health journal

Ten great public health achievements first published in: MMWR

Where can you find the original version of CDC's list?

    In Volume 48 of CDC's premier journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The 10 public health achievements were published in 10 different articles of MMWR, over the course of a year, in 1999.

    CDC has a round-up of the original 10 articles at their own page:
    Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century