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Rob A. DeLeo

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Chapter 4: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Anticipatory Action in the Face of Uncertainty (1946–Present)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Anticipatory Action in the Face of Uncertainty (1946–Present)
The centers for disease control and prevention: Anticipatory action in the face of uncertainty (1946–present)
Rob A.DeLeo

The U.S. system of government is often described as a reactive sequence wherein policymakers respond to existing and manifest social ills. Powerful incentive structures exist for fixing problems, as voters reward candidates and leaders for treating problems, not preventing them. However, in the public health arena, success is achieved not by purely reacting to current conditions and problems, but by anticipating, preparing for, and ideally preventing emerging and existing health threats. As the nation's premier public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is acutely aware of the inherent difficulties associated with ...

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