Mark L. Rosenberg has worked in government, academia, and the private nonprofit sector. Dr. Rosenberg currently serves as President and CEO of The Task Force for Global Health (formerly The Task Force for Child Survival and Development). Before assuming his current position, Dr. Rosenberg served 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including early work in smallpox eradication, enteric diseases, and HIV/AIDS. He was instrumental in establishing CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) and became the first permanent director in 1994, serving as director and Assistant Surgeon General until 1999. He developed a science-based approach to violence prevention that laid the groundwork for both CDC and the World Health Organization; designed and developed the first Center-based extramural research grant program at CDC; and helped CDC’s injury control budget grow from $500,000 to more than $135,000,000.
The Task Force for Global Health is a not-for-profit organization that helps save and improve the lives of millions of people around the world each year by addressing specific health-related issues, from infectious diseases to injury prevention to child development. Its work focuses on the most vulnerable populations, with particular attention paid to children, whether in Atlanta, Georgia, or communities in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. It does this by partnering with leading experts in various fields – including well-known organizations like the World Health Organization, CDC, and major foundations – who come together to improve the way we use health information and solve problems in a collaborative way. The Task Force has coordinated the distribution of millions of doses of medicine to treat Neglected Tropical Diseases such as river blindness, elephantiasis, and intestinal worms in children.
The Task Force also served as the secretariat for a coalition working to promote global road traffic safety in developing nations—including The FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, UNICEF, UNDP, The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, The World Health Organization, and The World Bank—a coalition which organized two UN General Assembly sessions and passed a resolution calling for the first-ever global ministerial conference on the global road traffic injury epidemic. Dr. Rosenberg has done extensive research and consulted widely—with WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank—on effective collaboration in global health and is the lead author of Real Collaboration: What Global Health Needs to Succeed, a book that was published by the University of California Press in 2010. He worked with President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica to organize a coalition to address road traffic injuries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Rosenberg was a member of the high-level Commission for Global Road Safety and of the Institute of Medicine, where he served 7 years on the Board on Global Health. He is a scientific advisor for the American Suicide Foundation and he served on both the board of directors and board of delegates of the National Safety Council. He is also co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion