CDC seeks new director for the National Center on Health Statistics

The incumbent will provide leadership in the design, development and operation of statistical and information systems that guide the actions of policies to improve the health of the American people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on April 26 that it is actively recruiting for the executive position of director for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The incumbent will “provide oversight and leadership in the design, development and operation of statistical and information systems for CDC, play an important leadership role in helping shape the nation’s health statistics system, and collaborate broadly across CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services and US government as a part of the network of Federal statistical agencies.”  

Current NCHS Director Edward Sondik, PhD, announced in February that he would step down this spring to spend more time with his family. Sondik has been an advocate for data and analysis in public health and a key driver of NCHS efforts to expand the national surveys, modernize the collection of vital statistics and develop technologies and analytic tools necessary to meet the research community’s needs. Amstat News released a feature Q&A with Sondik last October, in which he answered questions ranging from, “What do you see as the biggest challenge for NCHS?” to “What do you see as the biggest accomplishment of the agency during your tenure?”  

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