Environment of enthusiasm at CDC strikes reporter

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Modern Healthcare‘s Jessica Zigmond writes about the enthusiasm she encountered among public health experts at the CDC during the recent AHCJ-CDC fellowship program.

Julie Gerberding

Julie Gerberding

In addition to finding excitement at the CDC – including a scientist who talked about “barf” – Zigmond writes that she also found experts who “not only had great interest in his work, but who also seemed genuinely interested in sharing that information with a group of 11 journalists, all of whom had different backgrounds, interests and goals.”

She attributes the relatively new environment of openness to former director Julie Gerberding and her efforts to get the CDC’s divisions to work together. Zigmond also describes the CDC Director’s Emergency Operations Center, installed after Sept. 11, 2001, and changes in how the CDC deals with emergencies.


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