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Wed Aug 17, 2022, 12:09 PM

CDC announces sweeping reorganization, aimed at changing the agency's culture

Source: CNN

(CNN)Big changes are coming to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary as the nation's lead public health agency. CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky met with senior leadership at the agency this morning to lay out her plans for overhauling how the agency works. She plans to remake the culture to help the agency move faster when it responds to a public health crisis.

She also wants to make it easier for other parts of the government to work with the CDC, and wants to simplify and streamline the website to get rid of overlapping and contradictory public health guidance. Staff will be notified of the change by email. More than 12,000 people work at the agency, which is headquartered in Atlanta. The changes will be aimed at improving the culture and restoring public trust after the agency's acknowledged missteps in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The reforms follow a period of review and introspection at the CDC. In April, Walensky announced Jim Macrae, associate administrator for primary health care at the Health Resources and Services Administration, would lead a one-month review of the agency's Covid-19 response efforts. At the same time, she charged three of her deputies to scrutinize operations and recommend strategic changes. Walensky has been meeting with groups of staff in person as employees return to their office after months of remote work.

The course correction comes after significant stumbles at the agency in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The US had little capacity to test for infection during the early months of the pandemic, largely because the agency released a flawed test to public health laboratories. That kept the nation blind, for months, to the extent of the virus's spread. The agency has also been criticized throughout the pandemic for issuing public health guidance that some saw as confusing and ineffective. Many also felt it wasn't moving fast enough to respond. Walensky will bring in former HHS Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield to the CDC to oversee the reorganization.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/17/health/cdc-announces-sweeping-changes/index.html



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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 12:12 PM

1. It's probably crawling with unqualified TFG cronies at management levels,

and needs a good housecleaning, like most other federal agencies - which couldn’t have been done while Covid was on the front burner.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 18, 2022, 03:35 PM

9. yup, and good cover reasons were presented to clean house & rid CDC of unqualified, conspiracy nuts

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 12:27 PM

2. Maybe they should fill their information page with memes and cartoons

...for the social media users who get their information that way. They could also circulate those squares of easy-to-understand info-bits on social media as well.

I am being snarky because I think all the good work and outlines of it( on their website and sometimes in press releases) these agencies do goes right over the heads and attention spans of way too many Americans.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 12:32 PM

3. They need practical guidance that is easy for people to understand

a lot of folks didn't know how to respond to much of their COVID guidance.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 02:32 PM

5. What's so hard to understand about the latest guidance of "do whatever TF you want?"

For the last 28 days we had an average daily death rate of 455, just shy of a plane crash every day. Immune compromised people are expected to hide out in their homes for the rest of their lives. Schools haven't been advised to amend their HVAC to improve air quality for our children in every classroom.

Now monkey pox is coming along, and though there are documents all over the CDC website (or at least there were) talking about the risk of airborne transmission of this virus, they have said nothing as children go back to their germ-filled schools.

Walensky can rearrange the deck chairs but this ongoing anti-science, cave to corporations and bad PR disaster is still going down. Walensky needs to go. She has rendered the CDC useless. It's going to take a long time to build back the trust they lost and the lives the CDC's bad actions and inactions have and will cost all of us.

FIRE WALENSKY!

Here are a couple of Twitter threads with the data and details.



















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Response to sybylla (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 03:17 PM

6. Your first tweet says public guidance is "confusing and overwhelming"

which is my point. People and businesses don't know what to do. And "do whatever TF you want" is not good guidance.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 03:39 PM

7. That's not what the tweet says; it's what Walensky said "study shows."

The umpteenth time she's "studied" what happened and concluded it was everyone else's fault.

Edited to add that when you abdicate your authority, you should quit your job and let someone else do it. They have given out very little science based advice under either President. Under her leadership. The whole schtick for the past year is it's no big deal - go about your business.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 01:59 PM

4. Changes are much needed

They should work with ad agencies and other communications professionals and learn how to talk to different segments of the population. The days of one-sizes-fits-all messaging are long gone.

There are a few simple guidelines that all the best communicators use:

1. Listen to the target audience and then speak to them using the words and phrases they used

2. Under promise + over deliver

3. We don't know the answer don't bluff -- Say "That's a very good question. Let's work together to answer it."

Best of luck to her.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 18, 2022, 08:09 AM

8. The main problem was Donald Frump's interference

The CDC could have handled things if that big dumb windbag wouldn't have acted like he was in charge of a pandemic about which he knew absolutely nothing. Keeping wack jobs like him out of the white house is the only reorganization necessary. He disbanded the the group assigned to handle pandemics after he took office. Screw all the critics that don't place the blame directly on his ignorance and bombasity.

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