Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Challenge the CDC Campaign

[Moderator's note: This is being posted for a subscriber
who wishes to remain anonymous.]

An email/phone/fax campaign has been initiated to contact the CDC
about the permanent Chief of the Chronic Viral Diseases Branch. A
decision will be made at the CDC about this position in the near
future, so please communicate your opinion as soon as possible.  This
is the suggested message:

Dr. Elizabeth Unger is not qualified to be Chief of the Chronic Viral
Diseases Branch at the CDC. At the recent Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Advisory Committee (CFSAC) meeting she continued to defend research
done on a group of patients defined by the "empiric" (Reeves, 2005)
definition of CFS, a definition that the DHHS CFS Advisory Committee
recommended be abandoned in 2009. In addition, she has been
unresponsive to communications from ME/CFS researchers and clinicians
outside the CDC. As Acting Chief she has not demonstrated the skills
necessary to advance the CDC's mission as it relates to ME/CFS. The
CDC research program for CFS needs new ideas and new leadership. Dr.
Unger has shown that she is not up to the task. She should not be
appointed permanent Chief.

Please send the message to Stephan Monroe, who will be making the
hiring decision, Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, Howard Koh,
Assistant Secretary for Health (with responsibility for ME/CFS at
DHHS) and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health
and Human Services.

These are their email addresses:

To help keep track of how many emails are sent, please also send a
Also, if you have questions or comments about the campaign, please
and put Comment in the subject line.  Feel free to add any comments
or alter wording if you want to, but please keep in mind that brevity
is probably appreciated by these busy public officials.

If you prefer to phone, fax or write a letter, here is some
additional contact information:

  Stephan S. Monroe, PhD
  Director, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases
  Atlanta, GA  30329-4018
  tel: 404-639-2391
  fax: 404-639-3163
  email:  stephan.monroe@cdc.hhs.gov

  Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH
  Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  CLFT Building
  Room OCOO
  Atlanta, Ga 30329-4018
  tel: 404-639-7000
  fax. 404-639-7111
  email: txf2@cdc.gov

  Howard Koh, MD, MPH
  Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services
  Room 7-716G
  200 Independence Ave., SW  HHH B
  Washington, DC
  tel: 202-690-7794
  email: howard.koh@hhs.gov

  Kathleen Sebelius
  Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
  Room 120F
  Washington D.C.
  200 Independence Ave. SW
  tel:  1-877-696-6775
  email: kathleen.sebelius@hhs.gov

Thank you very much for helping to challenge the CDC to improve their
response to ME/CFS.  This is a group effort to make our voices heard.

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