Public Health Agencies Scavenger Hunt
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- What was the primary mission of the CDC when it opened in 1946?
- How did the CDC accomplish its primary mission during the early years?
- What five strategic areas does the CDC now focus on?
- What is the CDC’s mission?
- The “CDC protects Americans by rapidly detecting and containing new health threats anywhere in the world before they can come to the U.S.” Identify three key ways in which the CDC is accomplishing this.
- The CDC is a federal agency that is part of the United States, so why does it deploy scientists and disease detectives globally around the world?
- Why is it important for the CDC to fight foodborne diseases?
- What does the CDC do to keep Americans safe from contaminated food?
- Why are Salmonella and Vibrio infections of concern to the CDC?
- What are some of the challenges to keeping Americans safe from contaminated food?
- What is one accomplishment of the CDC disease detectives?
- Why is it important for the CDC to track and report diseases spread by bugs and animals?
- Name three common zoonotic diseases that are dangerous and explain how each is transmitted to a human?
- What are some ways you can protect yourself from zoonotic diseases?
- Why is the CDC concerned with natural disasters?
- How might the travel notices posted by the CDC be helpful to Americans?
The World Health Organization (WHO)
- What is the primary function of the WHO and who does this agency consist of?
- What are some ways the WHO is making progress on tuberculosis (TB)? Given some examples.
- What are some ways the WHO is making progress with the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine? Given some examples.
- What are some ways the WHO is making progress with malaria? Given some examples.
- Perform an internet search on the eradication of smallpox by the WHO in 1980 and briefly summarize your findings.
- Although they serve a similar purpose, the CDC is an American health agency while the WHO is international. Why is it important to have both?