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 Part 107.  After the 2008 election, the CDC began ranking each state’s  life expectancy based on its political voting in the Presidential election. Former CDC Director Frieden has been convicted as described below.

UTopiAH. This is Part 107 of a  health series. The first 30 parts  compared census based life expectancy and death rate tables, ranking states by how long we live, from 1960 to 2015. Included are  medical  conditions rating  Utah’s  #1 health rank.  Since 2009, the CDC correlates states’ longevity by voting in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, with blue states best, and red states worse.  The CDC’s National Vital Statistics Reports looped the changes based on politics.  Utopia is Sir Thomas More’s (1516) perfect place to live, and with a slight variation in spelling, perfectly describes Utah.

Thomas Frieden, Democrat,  was appointed by Obama as Director for the Center for Disease Control. Frieden took office in  June 2009 and resigned January  20, 2017.   On June 4, 2019 Frieden plead guilty of sexual harassment. 

While Frieden was director, the Center for Disease Control’s National Vital Statistics Agency changed the rank order of state life expectancy as explained in Parts 1 to 30.  All of the top 10 spots in life expectancy went to states voting  Democrat in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 national elections.  They are noted in blue on the below 50 state maps. The statistical odds of this less are substantially less than one in 650,000, perhaps less than one in a million.

2008 Presidential Election Blue Obama, Red McCain


2012 Presidential Election Blue Obama, Red Romney


2016 Presidential Election Blue Clinton, Red Trump.

            According to the Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Frieden

Frieden was also administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from 2009 to 2017.  Political affiliation is Democrat.

Frieden, born and raised in New York City, graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in philosophy in 1982.   He graduated from  Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1986.   He obtained an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 1985.  His residency in internal medicine was at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center from 1986 to 1989. His Infection disease fellowship was at the Yale school of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital from 1989 to 1990.

From 1990 to 1992, Frieden was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer  within the Center for Disease Control.   From 1992 to 1996, Frieden was assistant commissioner of health and director of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control.  From 1995 to 2001 Frieden was a technical advisor to the World Bank health and population offices, including six years in India as a medical officer for the World Health Organization on loan from the CDC.  Previously  ‘’as a commissioner of the New York City department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2002 to 2009 he cam to prominence for banning smoking and trans fat served in the city’s restaurants.

            “On announcing Frieden’s appointment, [May 2009] President Obama called him “an expert in preparedness and response to health emergencies” who in seven years as New York City’s health commissioner was “at the forefront of the fight against heart disease, cancer and obesity, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS, and in the establishment of electronic health records.”[1

            Frieden turned himself in to New York City police on August 24, 2018, on charges he squeezed the buttocks of a woman. [As reported by the Washington Post]. He was charged with one count of forcible touching, one count of sex abuse in the third degree, and one count of harassment in the second degree. The incident, alleged to have occurred on October 20, 2017, was reported to law enforcement in July 2018. Frieden issued a statement shortly after his arrest, stating the groping allegation “does not reflect” his “public or private behavior or his values.”[70]

            Frieden has 200 peer reviewed articles. And Honorary degrees from Tufts University in 2011 and Oglethorpe University in 2015.

The Washingon Post reported  [for full column go to

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/08/24/former-cdc-chief-tom-frieden-arrested-in-new-york-accused-of-groping/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f9781346f040  ]

            Former CDC director Thomas Frieden was arrested in New York Aug. 24 after he was accused of groping a woman in October 2017. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)

By Mark Berman and Amy Goldstein  August 24, 2018

Tom Frieden, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was arrested Friday in New York after he was accused of groping a woman last year, law enforcement officials said.

Frieden, 57, turned himself in to authorities Friday morning in Brooklyn, police said. He was arraigned on Friday afternoon and released without bail. He was charged with sexual abuse in the third degree, harassment in the second degree and forcible touching.

According to court filings and law enforcement officials, Frieden is accused of grabbing a woman’s buttocks without her consent at about 11 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2017. The incident, which was reported to authorities in July, took place in an apartment building in Brooklyn, officials said.

            A complaint filed in criminal court said that Frieden is accused of “forcibly” touching a woman and subjecting her to unwanted sexual contact. The complaint states that the woman accusing Frieden, who has not been publicly identified, said he put his hand on her “buttocks … and did squeeze, without [her] consent,” which “caused [her] to become alarmed and annoyed.”

Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Michael Yavinsky issued an order forbidding Frieden from contacting his accuser, according to Helen Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. Frieden, who waived a reading of the charges against him, was ordered to surrender his passport and is due back in court on Oct. 11. (Update: Frieden pleaded not guilty to the charges.)

*** A spokeswoman for Frieden said on Friday: “This allegation does not reflect Dr. Frieden’s public or private behavior or his values over a lifetime of service to improve health around the world.”

After leaving the CDC in January 2017, Frieden became president of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative housed at a non-profit global health organization, Vital Strategies, that is trying to strengthen the public health system internationally.

José L. Castro, president and chief executive of Vital Strategies, said in a statement that Frieden told him in April “that a non-work-related friend of his and his family of more than 30 years accused him of inappropriate physical contact.” It remained unclear Friday why Frieden told the organization about the accusation three months before police said they were notified.

Castro said he has known Frieden for nearly three decades and “there have never been any concerns or reports of inappropriate conduct” before this episode. He also said that this month, Vital Strategies launched “a thorough investigation by an external expert, which included an in-depth interview with every staff member on the Resolve to Save Lives team to determine whether there are any concerns about inappropriate behavior.” He said, “This assessment determined there have been no incidents of workplace harassment.”

Frieden’s arrest startled public health colleagues and people who have worked with him.


Also reporting

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/446955-former-head-of-cdc-pleads-guilty-on-charges-of-groping-woman Former head of CDC pleads guilty to reduced charge in groping case. BY NATHANIEL WEIXEL – 06/04/19 05:07 PM EDT


Former CDC director Tom Frieden pleads guilty in sex abuse case, gets no jail time.
CHRISTINA CARREGA   Jun 4, 2019,  By pleading guilty, Frieden wasn’t required to explain what happened during the October 2017 incident to Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Edwin Novillo. Frieden was facing up to a year in jail for misdemeanor forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree harassment charges, prosecutors said.

Ex-CDC chief Frieden settles sexual harassment charges


Ex-CDC chief’s sex abuse case could go to trial

The Obama-era ex-CDC boss stood anxiously before the judge, swaying back and forth, during his brief appearance, then bolted out of the courtroom afterward and declined to comment. The unnamed alleged victim, a longtime friend of Frieden and his family, was at his Montague Street pad for a get-together with another couple on Oct. 20, 2017, when he allegedly squeezed her behind as the group was getting ready to leave at around 11 p.m., sources previously told The Post.

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[Next part 108. CDC ranks states’ life expectancy based on abortion laws.]