Dr. Julie Gerberding, First Female CDC Director, Resigns

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, submitted her letter of resignation, effective January 20. Gerberding has held the position since 2002. She was the first woman director of the CDC, and has been listed by Forbes as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women.” According to reports, her resignation was one of several requested as part of the transition process.

Articles on Gerberding’s resignation have referred to her legacy as “mixed” and “fractured,” citing concerns about the agency’s approach to politicized science topics such as Gerberding’s testimony on climate change and health, her approach to reorganizing and running the agency, and the response to concerns about toxins in FEMA trailers after hurricane Katrina.

On the blog Effect Measure, one editor clearly expresses enthusiasm for the resignation:

“Gerberding has been accused — correctly in our opinion — of politicizing the agency, destroying CDC’s morale, reorganizing its structure and its priorities to within an inch of its useful life, and failing to defend the agency and public health in general in the face of a systematic onslaught by the Bush administration.”

A thread on the resignation at the CDC Chatter blog (an unofficial site for those interested in the agency) has already generated around 100 comments, largely from CDC employees reacting to the news.

Reuters has a list of other health agency heads who will be replaced by the incoming administration. Health and Human Services appointee Tom Daschle will be responsible for naming permanent new heads of the CDC and other agencies. For now, William Gimson is acting director of the CDC, and Frank Torti is acting commissioner of the FDA.

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  1. “WE THE PEOPLE HAVE A DREAM”

    Greetings distinguished members of The United States Senate, Congress and fellow Vanguards of our Constitution. It’s an honor and privilege to correspond with you on this day, despite the blatant deception and fraud perpetrated on the American People each year by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    In the wake of the 911 Travesty and current global events, dedicated Public Health Servants had a unique opportunity to ensure the trust and confidence of all Tax Paying Citizens during this time of uncertainty.
    Like many Americans today, the reality of the current condition of our Public Health System would be horrifying at best.

    The preference between life and death by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [under the former Bush Administration], while protecting their institutionalized fabrications that are predicated by practices and patterns detrimental to the unknowing and unsuspecting in both affluent and resource poor communities remain unchallenged.

    Unfortunately more will perish before true reform occurs. Time is running out. Take into account the “Chatter” heard months before the attacks on our country that brisk September morning. This is not a warning, rather a somber veracity of the discreditable strategies and approaches taken to quell the spread of fatal communicable diseases that plague our nation.

    What has been absent is the forum in which truth and justice can be achieved for those whose lives have been unceremoniously discarded. These failed policies are poised to have a catastrophic affect on our National Security.

    My sole purpose for contacting you is to appeal to the very essence of your moral fortitude. Therefore I’m respectfully requesting you exercise the full and lawful authority attainable to address this urgent situation. The documents within the TUSKEGEE NORTH REPORT (TNR) http://www.phillyrecord.com qualitatively detail each assertion made by myself and many others while stationed at the Philadelphia Department of Health.

    I strongly believe this problem is endemic throughout the Country. Your leadership is necessary and engagement is warranted! I thank you in advance for your service to our Nation and Dedication to the notion of “Justice” for all!

    Respectfully,

    Brian C. Robinson, U.S. Veteran
    President & Co-Founder TNAG

    P.S.

    Prayerfully Robinson v HHS will be to Alexander v Sandoval, what Brown v Board of Education was 2 Plessy v Ferguson http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/

    http://www.PhillyRecord.com/ *read Tuskegee North Report
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    “Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” ~Orison Swett Marden

  2. December 21, 2009http://www.lifehealthchoices.com/blog/?p=403

    Former CDC Chief Julie Gerberding Named Head of Merck Vaccines

    You’ve heard it before, how the pharmaceutical industry has a giant “revolving door” through which corporations and government agencies frequently exchange key employees. That reality was driven home in a huge way today when news broke that Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed the CDC from 2002 through 2009, landed a top job with Merck, one of the largest drug companies in the world. Her job there?

    She’s the new president of the vaccine division . How convenient

    How nice… Delaying the update of the HIV Compendium PAID off after all…. While the DEADLY HIV Virus ran rampantly through many urban cities across America on her watch… Gerberding land$ a big job with big PHARMA (marketing life sustaining hiv drugs) and hit$ the jack pot!!!! Hollywood couldn’t write this script.

    http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/merck-recruits-ex-cdc-chief-vaccine-leader/2009-12-22

    THESE DOTS WERE TO EASY TO CONNECT… BUT WHO CARES ANYWAY???