What is the People's CDC?

The People’s CDC is a coalition of public health practitioners, scientists, healthcare workers, educators, advocates and people from all walks of life working to reduce the harmful impacts of COVID-19. 


We provide guidance and policy recommendations to governments and the public on COVID-19, disseminating evidence-based updates that are grounded in equity, public health principles, and the latest scientific literature.

Working alongside community organizations, we are building collective power and centering equity as we work together to end the pandemic. The People’s CDC is volunteer-run and independent of partisan political and corporate interests and includes anonymous local health department and other government employees. The People’s CDC is completely volunteer run with infrastructure support being provided by The University of Orange.

The Pandemic is NOT over

The CDC is creating the appearance that the pandemic is over. IT IS NOT.


In late February, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled a new Covid-19 monitoring system based on what they call “Community Levels.” By downplaying the importance of Sars-CoV-2 transmission, the new system instantly turned what was a pandemic map still red from Omicron transmission to green – creating the false impression that the pandemic is over.


Released four days before the State of the Union, the new CDC measures and the narrative they created let President Biden claim victory over the virus via sleight of hand: a switch from standard reporting of community transmissions to measures of risk based largely on contentious hospital-based metrics. The previous guidelines called anything over 50 cases per 100,000 people “substantial or high.” Now, they say 200 cases per 100,000 is “low” as long as hospitalizations are also low.


“The resulting shift from a red map to a green one reflected no real reduction in transmission risk. It was a resort to rhetoric: an effort to craft a success story that would explain away hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths and the continued threat the virus poses”

The People’s CDC Guardian Op-ed


Organizational Structure

Inverted triangle listing organizational structure consisting of teams, general membership, and coordinating committee

The PCDC operates as an inverted pyramid with autonomous teams being the driving force of producing content. The different working teams are at the top of the pyramid being supported by General Membership. The Coordinating Committee provides infrastructure support for the coalition. University of Orange supports website & Zoom access as well as facilitation. To find out more information about the organizational structure and working teams, check out our introductory webinar:


(Name, Credentials – Affiliations – Working Group)

Karen McPhail-Bell, PhD, B.Beh.Sc, AFHEA – Artist, Health Promotion/Public Health Researcher/Consultant – Arts

Sam Friedman, PhD – AIDS Researcher, Social Activist, Marxist, Epidemiologist, Medical School Faculty – Arts, Community

Rocco Giannetti, FAIA – Community Activist – Arts

Lara Jirmanus, MD, MPH – Primary Care Physician and Community Organizer – CDC External Review

Rita Valenti, RN – CDC External Review

Linda D. Green, MD – Physician, Public Health Awakened – Community Outreach

Fran Gilmore, MS – Industrial Hygienist – Community Outreach

Noha Aboelata, MD – CEO Roots Community Health Center – Community Outreach

Karen Pomerantz, MPH, MLS – Retired Public Health Educator/Activist – Community Outreach

Rob Wallace, PhD – Evolutionary Epidemiologist – COVID This Week/Long COVID

Douglas Ferrand – University of Orange – Infrastructure

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD – Social Psychiatrist – Infrastructure

Kaitlin Sundling, MD, PhD – Physician-Scientist, World Health New Health Network and COVID Action Group – Masking in Healthcare

Shimi Sharief, MD, MPH – Public Health Physician – Pressure and Community 

Dannie Ritchie, MD, MPH – Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Brown University, Alpert School of Medicine, Founder, Community Health Innovations of Rhode Island – Pressure Group

Margaux Simmons, PhD – University of Orange/Concerned Citizen – Pressure

Ellen Isaacs, MD – Physician, Coeditor of multiracialunity.org – Publications

Chloe Humbert Human – Artist – Pressure

Edderic Ugaddan – Senior Data Scientist – Quant

Daniele Fedonni, MPH – Biostatistician – Quant

Lauren Frey, MPH – Urgency of Equity

Margaret Bray, PhD – Biostatistician – Urgency of Equity

Molly Rose Kaufman – University of Orange – Infrastructure

Anonymous, MPH – Infectious Disease Epidemiologist – Weather Report/Pressure