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CDC: The Top 10 Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century

by Andrea Klausner, MS, RD  

Many of the "100 Objects That Shaped Public Health" compiled by the Johns Hopkins Bloomsberg School of Public Health go hand-in-hand with the CDC’s "Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century." They are:

The CDC called these achievements a reminder of "how far we've come, how we got here, and exactly what public health is: the active protection of our nation's health and safety, credible information to enhance health decisions, and partnerships with local minorities and organizations to promote good health." As the agency noted, we can thank such achievements in public health for a 25-year increase in life expectancy in the U.S. since 1900.