CDC Announces New Disease Forecasting Center

On August 18, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the formation of a new center designed to advance the use of forecasting and outbreak analytics in public health decision making.

Read the full press release here:

“Once established, the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics will bring together next-generation public health data, expert disease modelers, public health emergency responders, and high-quality communications, to meet the needs of decision makers.  The new center will accelerate access to and use of data for public health decision-makers who need information to mitigate the effects of disease threats, such as social and economic disruption. The center will prioritize equity and accessibility, while serving as a hub for innovation and research on disease modeling.”

MIDAS members are leading the effort to build the new center.

  • Dr. Marc Lipsitch, Director for Science
  • Dr. Dylan George, Director for Operations
  • Dr. Caitlin Rivers,  Associate Director
  • Dr. Rebecca Kahn, Senior Scientist


“In establishing the center, CDC is addressing a critical need to improve the U.S. government’s ability to forecast and model emerging health threats, while building on existing modeling activities, expanding collaboration through interoperability, accessibility and increased emphasis on policy-maker decision support and communication to the public.”