The top 10 public health achievements issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today demonstrate the extraordinary collective impact the public health community has on saving lives and reducing overall health spending, says the American Public Health Association.

"To reach the nation's full potential, we must harness the public health tools and resources we know work and strengthen our investment in these proven disease prevention and health promotion activities," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. "This list is an excellent start, but I believe the greatest potential to improve the nation's health is yet to come. I trust that as a nation we can inspire future advancements in research and policy and seize on opportunities to save even more lives and reduce suffering caused by preventable disease and disability in years ahead."

The top public health accomplishments of the 21st century was published today in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and appears below:

- Vaccine-preventable diseases
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases
- Tobacco control
- Maternal and infant health
- Motor vehicle safety
- Cardiovascular disease prevention
- Occupational safety
- Cancer prevention
- Childhood lead poisoning prevention
- Improved public health preparedness and response

To read more about the accomplishments, visit here.

American Public Health Association