The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently unveiled the Outbreak Analytics and Disease Modeling Network, a national initiative supported by $262.5 million in grants distributed among 13 partner organizations. This effort marks a significant milestone in the CDC’s commitment to enhancing public health emergency response capabilities.
The establishment of the Outbreak Analytics and Disease Modeling Network signifies the CDC’s dedication to improving disease outbreak detection and response. In an official news release, the CDC outlined its objective to develop and implement innovative tools that will enhance the country’s ability to detect and effectively respond to outbreaks.
Over the course of five years, the awarded funds from the CDC’s Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics will fuel research projects and operational endeavors across various sectors. Beneficiaries will include public health agencies, tribal organizations, academic institutions, and private-sector partners.
The primary goal of the network will be to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the existing public health landscape, identifying areas that require further development and opportunities for the application of outbreak analytics and disease modeling tools.
Dr. Dylan George, Director of the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics, highlighted the potential impact of this national network in future disease response efforts. “Establishing this network will enable us to better respond to outbreaks and prevent future pandemics,” Dr. George stated.
The grant recipients have been categorized as innovators, integrators, or implementers, and will focus their efforts on three key priorities: developing, testing, and scaling up new tools and technologies.
The organizations awarded grants are:
- Emory University
- Northeastern University
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Kaiser Permanente Southern California
- Carnegie Mellon University
- University of Michigan School of Public Health
- University of California, San Diego
- University of Minnesota
- Clemson University
- University of Utah
- International Responder Systems
- The University of Texas at Austin
- The Johns Hopkins University
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