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Cherokee Nation Assurance Supporting CDC and Prevention Research Team

Tribal company assisting in the battle against viruses and diseases

TULSA, Okla.  — Cherokee Nation Assurance is partnering with the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Division of Viral Diseases, Viral Gastroenteritis Branch, to assist in its mission to prevent illness, disability and death through disease control and immunizations. The tribally owned company is conducting scientific research and providing administrative support to the national health protection agency’s Viral Gastroenteritis Branch.

“We are very proud of the work our team is doing with the CDC,” said Steven Bilby, president of Cherokee Nation’s diversified businesses. “This research has the potential to prevent illnesses and save lives, and we are honored to serve a role in making that possible through the advancement of scientific knowledge.”

Throughout the next year, CNA will conduct studies, perform viral gastroenteritis testing, assist in developing new vaccines and help further the scientific community’s understanding of the rotavirus and norovirus. The team will also present research and development data to CDC staff and participate in laboratory research, training and maintenance activities.

“As a member of the VGB team, CNA is honored to support the Center for Disease Control’s mission,” said Richard Mylod, operations general manager for Cherokee Nation Assurance. “This partnership allows us to continue our pursuit to improve global health initiatives and grants our experts in viral disease research the opportunity to work side by side with CDC’s renowned specialists in other fields.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the CDC’s mission is to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Cherokee Nation Assurance delivers a broad spectrum of professional management consulting services to its defense, health, environmental and civilian agency clients. To assist clients in achieving their goals, CNA provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines, including health information technology, research & science, program management, communications, correspondence, and document management, governance and administrative support. CNA is headquartered in Tulsa and is a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses.

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