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Partnering With CDC to Achieve Public Health Impact Through Research


  • CDC needs expertise, information, and tools for health promotion.
  • Abt delivers research, evaluation, policy analytics, and program assessment.
  • Abt contributes to advancing knowledge in public health and health care.
The Challenge

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is charged with creating the expertise, information, and tools needed for health promotion, disease prevention, injury and disability, and preparedness. As a result, CDC needs partners poised to contribute critical cross-domain professional, scientific, and technical expertise. Abt Associates is proud to have been a leading partner to CDC through its Achieving Public Health Impact through Research (APHIR) effort, which began in 2012.

The Approach

Based on CDC’s Strategic Framework and Priorities, Abt has met the challenge as one of the most frequently performing partners for CDC under APHIR, delivering key aspects of research, evaluation, policy analytics, and program assessment.

Abt has been at the forefront of CDC efforts in multiple high impact domains, including:

  • Viral Threats: We have studied the epidemiology of novel influenza virus infection, conducted research on the epidemiology and prevention of influenza, evaluated antiviral and vaccine effectiveness, and conducted studies on preparedness for pandemic influenza.
  • Opioid Epidemic: Abt has partnered with CDC to develop an opioid prescribing guideline and implement it through electronic clinical decision support in primary care settings. We have also implemented and evaluated CDC opioid-related quality improvement measures in clinical settings and contributed to understanding pain management for adolescents and treatment of opioid use disorder for adolescents.
  • Maternal and Child Health: Abt has conducted surveys to monitor influenza and Tdap vaccination coverage among pregnant women, supported the design and development of a validation study of maternity practices, and helped identify and implement  best practices to support optimal infant nutrition.
The Results

Through these activities, Abt has contributed data for decision-making and advanced the body of knowledge in various public health and health care areas. Our goals are to build capacity and improve practice and health service delivery. To see the results of some of these projects, please see the links below.

Learn more:

  • Baby Friendly Hospitals Increase Breastfeeding, Help Reduce Mother and Baby Health Risks (Project)
  • Supporting Development, Dissemination and Implementation of the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline (Project)
  • Developing the Data To Help Prevent Birth Defects (Project)
  • Monitoring Flu Vaccine Use in Priority Populations (Project
  • Monitoring Flu Vaccination Coverage among Pregnant Women and Health Care Personnel (Project)
  • Health Effects from Exposure to Aerosolized Cyanobacterial Toxins (Project)