The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. It is headquartered in Atlanta, and works to protect public health and safety by providing information to enhance health decisions. The Centers also promote health through partnerships with state health departments and other organizations.
The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion and more. It was founded in 1942 in the midst of World War II and was known as the Office and National Defense Malaria Control Activities. After it was founded, other organizations, such as the Malaria Commission and The Rockefeller Foundation, collaborated with the agency to incorporate more governmental responsibility.