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The 10 Greatest Achievements in Public Health

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the national leaders in public health, have identified the 10 greatest public health achievements that have occurred in the last century. These 10 achievements are:

  • Vaccinations
  • Motor vehicle safety
  • Safer workplaces
  • Control of infectious diseases
  • Decline in death from coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Safer and healthier foods
  • Healthier mothers and babies
  • Family planning
  • Fluoridation of drinking water
  • Recognition of tobacco as a health hazard

For more information about the 10 great public health achievements in the United States, visit the CDC site at www.cdc.gov/about/history/tengpha.htm.