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Health Policy at CDC

The Office of the Associate Director for Policy's (OADP) mission is to identify and advance opportunities to use policy, leverage health system transformation and engage other sectors to improve the public’s health.

OADP features an Office of the Director; the Office of Health System Collaboration; and the Policy Research, Analysis, and Development Office.

OADP’s priorities are to:

  • Identify high-value prevention and public health policies and interventions
  • Increase the understanding and use of credible evidence of prevention’s impact by policy makers, health care and public health
  • Catalyze collaboration among public health, health care and other sectors

Von Nguyen is CDC’s Associate Director for Policy (Acting).

Health System Transformation

The US healthcare system is in a time of change like never before. The result is a unique opportunity for public health, health plans, hospitals, doctors and communities to work together so that we can keep people healthy and spend smarter. At CDC, we’ve outlined three areas of opportunity. Watch the Health System Transformation video below to learn more.

Learn more about key health policy topics:

Featured Resources

  • The 6|18 Initiative : This initiative offers proven interventions that prevent chronic and infectious diseases by increasing their coverage, access, utilization and quality. Additionally, it aligns evidence-based preventive practices with emerging value-based payment and delivery models.
  • HI-5 Initiative (Health Impact in 5 Years): Achieving lasting impact on health outcomes requires a focus not just on patient care, but on community wide-approaches aimed at improving population health. The Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) initiative highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier.
  • Health in All Policies Resource Center : The Health in All Policies Resource Center provides resources and tools that support a collaborative approach to health promotion that recognizes the importance of including health considerations when making policy decisions.
  • Community Health Improvement : The CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator is a website for people who lead or participate in community health improvement work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations.
  • State Strategies to Improve Health and Control Cost : An online resource of specific population health strategies for governors’ offices, Medicaid directors, and public health stakeholders that can be integrated into the health care delivery system to improve outcomes and lower the cost of care within 5 years.
  • Prevention for Better Health: Learn about the preventive care that you and your loved ones need and ask your healthcare provider what health care you need to stay healthy.
  • CDC Policy Process : Policy tools that foster a common understanding of what policy is and the process by which it is conceptualized, developed, adopted, and evaluated.
  • Health in All Policies: Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a collaborative approach that integrates and articulates health considerations into policymaking across sectors to improve the health of all communities and people.
  • National Prevention Strategy : The Strategy provides a health in all policies framework to guide our nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being.
  • CDC Health Policy Series :These issue briefs are designed to provide practical guidance to state and local public health practitioners, highlighting specific opportunities for public health to engage with health care to improve population health.

Featured Publications

  • CDC’s 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action
    Read more about the background and goals of the 6|18 Initiative in the National Academy of Medicine’s Discussion Paper (February 2016)
  • The 3 Buckets of Prevention
    Read about how the 6|18 Initiative fits within a population health and prevention framework for clinicians, insurers, and public health practitioners in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice (December 2015)