APHL, CDC Director Discuss New
and Ongoing Priorities
by Peter Kyriacopoulos, senior director, Public Policy
Dr. Joanne Bartkus, APHL president and
Minnesota Public Health Laboratory
director, met with Dr. Robert Redfield,
director, US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), on September 5,
2018. APHL Executive Director Scott Becker
and Peter Kyriacopoulos, senior director,
Public Policy, were also in the meeting.
Dr. Redfield was quite generous with
his time and spoke at length about
his priorities for CDC that will lead to
measureable improvements. Specifically,
he is pursuing increased federal funding
of $5 billion annually through incremental
increases that will be directed to CDC
core functions. Dr. Redfield detailed his
interest in five categories of activity:
data, laboratory, workforce, emergency
response funding and comprehensive
Dr. Bartkus remarked that there is a
strong laboratory component in all of
those priorities, and that she is especially
interested in data science—the focal
area for her presidential term. She also
made it clear that APHL and its members
are looking forward to working with Dr.
Redfield to accomplish his objectives.
APHL will continue to provide updates on
the progress of these improvements. n
(from l to r): Scott Becker, Peter Kyriacopoulos, Dr. Joanne
Bartkus and Dr. Robert Redfield
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