The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA). CFA seeks to enhance the nation’s ability to use data, models, and analytics to enable timely, effective decision-making in response to public health threats for CDC and its public health partners.
CFA’s work will be focused into three main pillars: to predict, inform, and innovate. CFA has begun to build an outbreak analytics team that includes experts across several disciplines to develop faster, richer evidence to predict trends and guide decision making during emergencies. CFA is hiring expert communicators to regularly share insights with federal, state, and local partners and the public, and will also continue to advance the state of the science of outbreak data, models, and analytics to improve the nation’s ability to respond to health emergencies.
Planning for CFA began in August 2021, with the initial funding of $200 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. So far, CDC has awarded $26 million in funding to academic institutions and federal partners to advance modeling and forecasting methodology.