The United States is facing a public health crisis. No, not some new measles epidemic or another new or resurgent infectious disease. A more fundamental crisis is unfolding because of declining trust in our public health system.
The federal government's lead public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responsible for protecting people from international and interstate health threats. The CDC also collects public health data, does research, and provides technical support and guidance to state and local governments. To succeed in its many vital tasks, the CDC must be trusted as a rigorous, nonpartisan resource by the American people. But, unfortunately, over the past year, the agency has experienced a sharp decline in public trust.
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