Year in Review
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Responding to the Zika Threat
On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declares the Zika virus a public health emergency. Never before in history has the bite of an infected mosquito resulted in a devastating birth defect. As part of the response, CDC’s top priority is to protect pregnant women and to reduce the number of infants affected by microcephaly—a severe birth defect characterized by an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain—and other serious developmental disabilities. The CDC Foundation is providing funding and resources to help CDC combat the unknowns surrounding Zika and prevent it from spreading.
© Evelyn Hockstein / CDC Foundation
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Welcoming Our President and CEO
The CDC Foundation names Judith Monroe, M.D., FAAFP, as our new president and CEO, and she begins on February 1, 2016. She brings extensive experience in public health from a variety of perspectives—practicing physician in multiple health settings, a leader in a hospital system, state health commissioner for Indiana and working with the world’s premier population health agency, CDC.
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Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance
CDC estimates that each year in the United States more than 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant organisms, resulting in approximately 23,000 deaths. A primary factor driving antibiotic resistance is the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. To help address this issue, the CDC Foundation partners with The Pew Charitable Trusts to analyze antibiotic use in inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings in the United States.
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Studying the Effectiveness of the Rotavirus Vaccine
Rotavirus is one of the leading causes of death in children under 5 years of age worldwide. The CDC Foundation, CDC, PATH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are working together to generate data on the effectiveness and impact of a rotavirus vaccine introduced in Africa and Asia. Initial studies are showing a decrease in the number of diarrhea hospitalizations after the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine. As a result of this critical initiative, the rotavirus vaccine is demonstrating effectiveness in saving lives and reducing the burden of rotavirus.
© David Snyder / CDC Foundation
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Connecting a Global Network of Disease Detectives
The CDC Foundation is proud to house the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Alumni Association, which has nearly 3,500 alumni members who served in this elite CDC program and are inspiring the next generation of public health protection leaders. EIS officers are on the frontlines at CDC, lead state and county health departments and work in global health organizations. To ensure the EIS program maintains a sense of community and connectivity across the network, the CDC Foundation with support from the de Beaumont Foundation has recently expanded connections with EIS alumni through a new public website, a new membership portal that will be launched in late 2016, and recruitment and networking events.
© David Snyder / CDC Foundation
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Improving the Health of 500 Cities
The CDC Foundation partners with CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to work on a first-of-its-kind data analysis for the 500 largest American cities to identify, analyze and report data on a select number of chronic disease measures. Providing the best available data to public health officials and community leaders will help cities develop solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing health challenges.
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Honoring Health Workers on the Frontlines of Polio Eradication
The CDC Foundation, with CDC and key global partners, created the Bob Keegan Polio Eradication Heroes Award Fund in 2000 to recognize volunteers who have lost their lives or incurred serious injury while participating in polio eradication activities. In the final push to eradicate the disease, the only remaining countries with active transmission are Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. As a part of the strategy to end polio, volunteer health workers go door to door, sometimes in dangerous conditions, to administer the oral polio vaccine to children. In 2015-2016 alone, the CDC Foundation recognized eighteen polio heroes who were killed or injured while vaccinating children in Afghanistan.
Extending CDC’s Life-Saving Work
The CDC Foundation brings together donors, supporters and partners to create innovative solutions to our world’s most pressing public health issues. We are fortunate to have the Foundation to help extend CDC’s life-saving work.”
Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Our Donors and Board
We are thankful for you
Your gift to the CDC Foundation supports CDC’s work in this country and around the world. You make it possible for CDC to respond to global threats like Zika, fight antimicrobial resistance, improve the health of America’s largest cities and strengthen networks of public health leaders.CDC Foundation Board of Directors