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CDC Behind the Scenes: Biggest Challenges in Public Health Today

From the Show: Sharecare Radio
Summary: Director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, elaborates on the biggest public health challenges facing the U.S. and the world today.
Air Date: 11/3/15
Duration: 10
Host: Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA
Guest Bio: Tom Frieden, MD
Tom-FriedenDr. Tom Frieden is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he leads the charge to control health threats from infectious diseases, respond to emergencies, and battle the leading causes of suffering and death in our nation and around the world. He was formerly the Commissioner of the New York City Health Department where he directed efforts to reduce the number of smokers by 350,000, reduce teen smoking by half and eliminate trans-fats from restaurants. Dr. Frieden specializes in internal medicine, infectious diseases, public health, and epidemiology, and is especially known for his expertise in tuberculosis control.
CDC Behind the Scenes: Biggest Challenges in Public Health Today
Director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, elaborates on the biggest public health challenges facing the U.S. and the world today.

These include infectious diseases like HIV and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and noncommunicable disease issues like blood pressure, obesity and tobacco use.

He also touches on lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, flu season, and the importance of encouraging more baby-friendly hospitals.

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