CDC names Redd as director of Public Health Response office

Rear Adm. Dr. Stephen Redd is named the new Director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. | Courtesy of the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently appointed Rear Adm. Dr. Stephen Redd to direct the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR).

In a recent post on the CDC's Public health Matters Blog, he gave a short interview regarding his time in public health and the CDC and the responsibilities of this new position.

Prior to his appointment, Redd served as the assistant to the surgeon general in the U.S. Public Health Service.

The CDC is providing ongoing support to the West African countries hit by the Ebola virus disease outbreak and continuing efforts to eradicate polio globally. During the interview he stated priorities he has as the new director.

"Our current and most urgent priority within PHPR is to get to zero Ebola cases in West Africa," Redd said. "Our office has already done so much great work in contributing to this agency-wide goal, but there is still work to be done in this area. My second priority is measuring the impact of our programs and developing measures to assess our preparedness. This type of assessment is critical as we chart our way forward and prioritize resources. In addition to immediate responses and the measuring impact, as a third priority, PHPR must continually strive to improve the work we do with our partners as a way to improve our future responses."

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