CDC Ology is a way for CDC staff to post unclassified, short tasks on a website that can be performed by registered college student solvers (CDC Ologists). In return, university students gain insight into CDC's mission and specific projects. Bi-directional feedback is encouraged to foster learning and dialogue.
Public health keeps America from major outbreaks, keeps people from getting sick at restaurants, and protects the everyday health of all citizens. Finding work after school is hard. Young graduates are overlooking public health careers. Retiring public health officials at the local, state, and federal levels are leaving gaps in the workforce. Budgets are tight and getting tighter. We need to bring public health to students where they are. Government is just beginning to embrace the ways students access the world. We can foster a social, Open Government and career development together.
Crowdsourcing fits into the Open Government Initiative from the White House, adding transparency and inclusion of the public for our work.