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Business Pulse Helps Employers Prepare for the 2014-2015 Flu Season

For me, flu prevention is personal. This past weekend I spent time with my two-year-old granddaughter in New York City, and it got me thinking about how important it is for her to get a flu vaccine—and for our entire extended family to get vaccinated as well.

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A Global Threat and a Global Response

Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta yesterday, President Barack Obama called the efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa “the largest international response in the history of the CDC.”

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Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Contributes $9M to Ebola Response

Yesterday, we announced a transformational $9 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. This generous grant will directly support Ebola response needs by helping CDC establish emergency operations centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Ebola Threatens Global Health Security

Several former directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authored an op-ed in USA TODAY emphasizing that this outbreak demonstrates the importance of the United States taking the lead in promoting a robust global health security agenda.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Contributes $1M to Ebola Response

Today, we announced a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the CDC Foundation in support of CDC’s Ebola outbreak response efforts.

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CDC Responds to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

CDC's epidemiologists, also known as disease detectives, are prepared to travel to any corner of the world at a moment’s notice to assist with disease control and prevention efforts. The 24/7 outbreak monitoring and work done on the ground by EIS officers and CDC staff can significantly slow the spread of Ebola, which will save countless lives.

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Boots On The Ground: CDC's Elite Disease Detectives

The expert-led panel discussion “Boots On The Ground: CDC’s Elite Disease Detectives” at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival explored the many ways in which CDC and the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) contribute to global health security by managing outbreaks around the world.

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Ebola Outbreak: Activating Our Global Disaster Response Fund

You can help with CDC's Ebola response by making a donation to the CDC Foundation's Global Disaster Response Fund. The fund will provide assistance and supplies, which enable CDC staff to respond quickly to changing circumstances and needs.

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Welcoming a New Face to Advance Public-Private Partnerships

Betty Wolf this month joined the CDC Foundation as our new vice president for Advancement. Betty brings significant biomedical research, healthcare and programmatic fundraising experience to the CDC Foundation team, and we are pleased to welcome her aboard. 

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mHealth Kenya: To Save A Life, Dial *652#

Dial *652#  —  That’s what it takes to potentially save a life in Kenya. I learned that from Dr. Cathy Mwangi, head of the CDC Foundation’s Mobile Post Exposure Prophylaxis (mPEP) initiative, launched in Kenya in 2013.

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Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library Dedication

The newly-named Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library was dedicated on July 11th, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Stephen B. Thacker.

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Healthy Americans at Every Stage of Life

It is exciting to learn about the progress the National Prevention Council has made in the three years since it released the first-ever National Prevention Strategy to refocus our nation on prevention and wellness. 

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CDC's Call to Action on Prescription Opioid Drugs

Prescription pain medications can have a useful purpose, but there are dangers to opioid drugs and how they are prescribed. And there are some significant differences in health care provider prescription practices in the United States, according to CDC.

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Safeguard Your Next Business Trip from Health Threats

When people learn that I lead CDC’s Travelers’ Health Branch, they often ask for my advice on how to be safe and smart when they travel. Business travelers are especially interested in CDC’s recommendations about how to stay healthy when they’re conducting business overseas

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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

It’s not everyday that we get to step back and talk about what we do and remind ourselves of why it matters. Last week, the CDC Foundation had the opportunity to participate in our first Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and we had the chance to do just that.

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Crossroads for Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, authored an op-ed in The Hill’s Congress Blog emphasizing the importance of investing in the fight against antibiotic-resistant infections.

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Training Boosts Public Health Programs in Low-Resource Countries

Without strong public health management and efficient organizational performance, many important global health initiatives in low-resource countries fall short of their intended goals. How can this challenge be addressed?

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Cancer Survivor Employs Simple Steps to Fight off Infection During Chemo

As you can imagine, this list of tests, screenings, procedures, and treatments was a bit overwhelming as I was diagnosed last October with a Stage II breast cancer. 

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World No Tobacco Day Provides Reminder of Tobacco's Human Costs

Each year the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people, more than three times the number of people killed by alcohol use, murder and suicide combined. Unless strong action is taken, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030.

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Q&A with New CDC Foundation Board Member Betty King

Betty King has been elected to the CDC Foundation board of directors. Betty is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. 

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