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May 8, 2013

From CDC to ABC: H7N9 from Hong Kong

Taking on the role of interim CDC director can be an intimidating task, but an impending pandemic can make the position exponentially more daunting. This is the situation Dr. Richard Besser faced in 2009 when he stepped into his new job. But Besser took the task head on and guided the country’s premier health agency through the H1N1 outbreak with skill and confidence. Through this experience Besser saw first hand how important communication is to building the publics’ trust and improving health behaviors.

When it was time for Besser to hand over the reins, his next career choice made perfect sense, Chief Health and Medical Editor for ABC News. He would be able to continue his work communicating important health information to the public, and hopefully help improve the lives of his viewers.

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http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2013/05/from-cdc-to-abc-h7n9-from-hong-kong/