Thank you for your insights into the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations on the use of face masks to decrease the spread of COVID-19. I wanted to highlight the importance of the CDC and their role in guiding national policy and other health related initiatives. The CDC’s mission is to protect Americans from a wide range of health threat categories through the use of critical science and provision of health information (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019). This is done through extensive research and review of health care practices, health risk behaviors, and outcomes, etc. Many health care organizations, accrediting institutions and reimbursement bodies base their own policies on CDC recommendations. However, there are still gaps between what has been proven to be effective through research and what is actually being implemented. In order to address the need for ongoing surveillance of public health practices, the CDC has developed Prevention Status Reports (PSR) which is a performance evaluation system to highlight state and federal level implementation of policies that are evidenced based, and use the results to encourage further improvements (Young, Lowry, Mumford & Graaf, 2018). States are graded and compared, with the intent to push for further modifications of policy to better reflect evidence-based practices. NURS 6052 Where in the World Is Evidence-Based Practice?
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Mission, role and pledge. Retrieved June 3,
2020 from https://www.cdc.gov/about/organization/mission.htm
Young, A. C., Lowry, G., Mumford, K., & Graaf, C. (2018). CDC’s Prevention Status Reports:
Monitoring the Status of Public Health Policies and Practices for Improved Performance
and Accountability. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 24(2), 121–128.