CDC Director Tom Frieden fondly remembered his time as a “community organizer” in a 2012 commencement speech at Oberlin College. Frieden described misreading a health report which he had to turn upside down to get right.
Frieden’s role as a “community organizer” was first reported in the New York Times in a profile. The philosophy major reportedly worked on the Mississippi Delta.
“We established an information system that held everyone accountable for every patient treated–a feed back loop that let us know if we were succeeding or failing.” Frieden said, recalling his efforts against tuberculosis. “And this is crucially important. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. It’s not enough to want to do well. Rigor about what you’re really doing, what you’ve really accomplished is so important because if you’re falling short of the mark it’s very important to find that out early so you can make gradual changes and improvements and achieve your goal.”
Frieden also went new agey. “A positive attitude is a self-fulfilling prophecy. A positive attitude won’t solve all of your problems but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
You can watch his comments in full below but pay especial attention around the 4 minute mark.
Calls for Frieden’s resignation are mounting.
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