WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Appropriations Health Subcommittee, visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week to learn more about how CDC safeguards the United States from health, safety and security threats. Sen. Moran was joined by The University of Kansas Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lee Norman. Dr. Norman also serves in the National Guard, and is an advisor to Homeland Security and regional disaster preparedness agencies.
“It is important for me to understand how the agency allocates its scientific expertise, tools and resources to promote health, prevent disease, and prepare for new health threats,” Sen. Moran said. “Our discussion focused on CDC’s response to disease outbreaks, including Ebola. I was pleased to be joined on the visit with KU Hospital’s Dr. Norman, and appreciate CDC Director Frieden hosting us.”
“I was pleased to join Senator Moran on his visit to the CDC, to meet with Dr. Frieden and his staff, to see and hear first-hand their remarkable work to date and to scope out the daunting tasks ahead,” Dr. Lee Norman said. “While the CDC’s roots have always been in stopping infectious illness and outbreaks, their less-appreciated role in tackling chronic diseases is well-recognized as critical to the health of this nation as well. Their work is getting more complex as time goes on.”
Dr. Frieden added, “With all of Senator Moran’s responsibilities in Washington and Kansas, we are so pleased he took the time to visit us at CDC. I am always proud to show our leaders how CDC works 24/7 to protect the health of Americans.”
During his visit, Sen. Moran met with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and two of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officers – including a graduate of Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. EIS Officers are on the scene when disease outbreaks or other threats emerge, as well as support more than 100 public health investigations each year in the United States and across the globe.