Former Chicago health commissioner Allison Arwady joins CDC
Former Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner Allison Arwady is taking a new job with the CDC, overseeing efforts to prevent overdoses, violence, suicide and other injuries.
Driving the news: The CDC announced Thursday that Arwady will lead the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
The big picture: It's a high-profile role, where Arwady will be tasked with helping curb drug overdoses — the leading cause of death for adults aged 18-45.
- Meanwhile, suicides reached an all-time high in the U.S. last year, per the CDC.
Context: Arwady was fired by Mayor Brandon Johnson in August after serving as the public health commissioner for four years, including through the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Before running CDPH, Arwady spent four years as the city's chief medical officer.
What she's saying: "During my time leading Chicago's Department of Public Health, I saw the power of using local data to drive public health action and I look forward to translating this experience to a national scale," Arwady said in a statement.
- "From overdose to violence, this country is in crisis, and we must meet the crisis with strong public health approaches that center evidence and equity."
What's next: CDPH has yet to replace Arwady. Her deputy, Fikirte Wagaw, is the acting commissioner.
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