CDC’s applied research portfolio targets four interrelated areas: healthy people in every stage of life, healthy people in healthy places, people prepared for emerging health threats (infectious, occupational, environmental, and terrorist threats), and healthy people in a healthy world. In support of the goals-directed research strategy, CDC has developed the Advancing the Nation’s Health: A Guide to Public Health Research Needs, 2006-2015. This Research Guide is a comprehensive resource of critical national and global public health research priorities that will advance science and practice toward greater health impact. The array of public health research priorities includes infectious diseases, public health preparedness, chronic diseases and disabilities, safety of environments, global public health, health information and communication, crosscutting research, and health disparities. Over the next 5 years, CDC will progress toward achievement of the health protection goals and will address the research themes in the Research Guide.
Within the infectious disease area, research will focus on antimicrobial resistance; bioterrorism-related environmental microbiology, and zoonotic and vectorborne diseases; vaccines and immunization programs, including vaccine supply issues; and special populations. Within the preparedness area, research will focus on vulnerable populations, including predictive strategies for risk and recovery after an extreme event, infrastructure and workforce preparedness, and detection and diagnosis of hazards and their medical consequences.
The chronic disease applied research portfolio will focus on pregnancy planning and preconception care; optimal child and adolescent development; identification of effective health promotion strategies; and reduction of the burden of, disparities in, and risk factors for, chronic disease among older adults. In order to create safe places to live, work, and play, CDC will conduct research on environmental risk factors such as lead exposure and health, safe workplace design, effective strategies to prevent injuries and violence, and risk and protective factors for interpersonal violence and suicidal behavior.
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