Healio | June 2, 2023
Above all, the CDC needs a leader who is widely respected and experienced in science and public health. Population health is the core skill required, not medicine. The new director also must have deep roots in state, tribal or local public health agencies. Forging strong relationships between CDC and public health agencies across America is essential. Finally, the director must have political skills and stature to stand up to pressure from the White House and Congress. A strong, well-funded, and independent CDC is the only way to restore public trust.