Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, became Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June 2009. Dr. Frieden has worked 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. As the director of America’s health protection agency, he is leading CDC to address these challenging health priorities: - Improving health security at home and around the world – by preparing for, detecting, rapidly responding to and preventing health threats 24/7 to save lives and safeguard communities. These include global disease threats, antimicrobial resistance, foodborne illness and health care-acquired infections. - Reducing the leading causes of death and illness – by focusing on reducing disease that sap the quality of life and longevity of Americans, including tobacco, uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, motor vehicle safety, prescription drug overdoses, and HIV/AIDS. - Strengthening public health & health care collaboration - by aligning, coordinating and integrating public health and health care to improve health outcomes. Dr. Frieden has intensified the agency’s 24/7 work to save lives and protect people, including: - Establishing more effective responses to outbreaks and other health threats at state, local and global levels, including the global effort to eradicate polio forever. - Preventing infections from food and in health care facilities with new programs and guidance. - Helping Americans to quit smoking, reducing childhood obesity, prevent diabetes, and saving teens and others lives from car crashes through focused programs. - Extending life-saving treatment, disease prevention and infection control in more than 50 countries to save lives globally and protect Americans from health threats outside our borders. Dr Frieden is also the Acting Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).