Atlanta is home to the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has been at the forefront of protecting health and promoting quality of life worldwide through the prevention of disease, injury and disability for more than 60 years. The CDC receives an estimated $9 billion in annual funding and employs more than 6,000 scientists and public health specialists.
Atlanta also hosts the headquarters of several national nonprofit organizations that focus on global health issues, including the American Cancer Society, the Carter Center, the American Arthritis Foundation and CARE. Georgia’s network of nearly 200 hospitals offers some of the nation’s most advanced healthcare services and facilities. In addition to partnering with the state’s research universities, many of these hospitals and healthcare systems provide a robust environment for clinical trials.