We have been writing the CDC for over a year, now (see below), with just the slightest of changes accomplished by CDC in direct response to our request to inform the American public about the findings of the IOM and WHO with regard to mold, dampness, and health.The CDC's mishandling of mold science is causing millions of Americans to fall ill in our schools, workplaces, and homes - costing billions of dollars in lost health and productivity, placing a burden on families and our healthcare system. We thought we'd note integrity restored to the CDC by this time. It hasn't happened yet.
CDC, even under the Obama administration, with newly appointed Director Thomas Frieden, is still dragging its bureaucratic, conflicted heels about telling us the scientific truth about indoor mold, dampness and health. We want all the indoor mold and dampness health effects warnings and conclusions listed by the World Health Organization and the long-ignored, CDC-funded study by the IOM: Damp Indoor Spaces and Health (2004) to be included in all related CDC guidance documents, at the very least. The US General Accounting Office (US GAO, 2008) agreed that federal agencies, such as the CDC, were not utilizing current scientific knowledge related to indoor mold and health and were misleading the public. The CDC is still ignoring the GAO: MOLD Audit Sept. 2008 recommendations, even under the Obama administration and its new director, Dr. Frieden. This is very disappointing and must change.
We need our site visitors to write and contact the CDC, too, insisting on current science from these authoritative sources, its Mission, Scientific Integrity, and Open Government being applied to all of its asthma, chronic illness, illness prevention, mold and health information. (SMH)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s Mission is:
"Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats."
Read SMH Letters to the CDC 2009-2010
Address your letters to the Director of each department, below, to the following address:
Centers for Disease Control
Atlanta, GA 30333
Key Contacts in yellow
(Important: see current CDC organizational chart, with names: http://www.cdc.gov/maso/pdf/CDC_Chart_wNames.pdf )
CDC Vision for the 21st Century
“Health Protection…Health Equity”
Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
CDC seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and the world to
- monitor health,
- detect and investigate health problems,
- conduct research to enhance prevention,
- develop and advocate sound public health policies,
- implement prevention strategies,
- promote healthy behaviors,
- foster safe and healthful environments,
- provide leadership and training.
Those functions are the backbone of CDC′s mission. Each of CDC′s component organizations undertakes these activities in conducting its specific programs. The steps needed to accomplish this mission are also based on scientific excellence, requiring well-trained public health practitioners and leaders dedicated to high standards of quality and ethical practice.
CDC Core Values
Accountability — As diligent stewards of public trust and public funds, we act decisively and compassionately in service to the people’s health. We ensure that our research and our services are based on sound science and meet real public needs to achieve our public health goals.
Respect — We respect and understand our interdependence with all people, both inside the agency and throughout the world, treating them and their contributions with dignity and valuing individual and cultural diversity. We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization.
Integrity — We are honest and ethical in all we do. We will do what we say. We prize scientific integrity and professional excellence.
CDC pledges to the American people:
- To be a diligent steward of the funds entrusted to it.
- To provide an environment for intellectual and personal growth and integrity.
- To base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data, openly and objectively derived.
- To place the benefits to society above the benefits to the institution.
- To treat all persons with dignity, honesty, and respect.