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Thomas R. Waters Receives NIOSH Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognizes a current or former employee for his or her exceptional contributions to the field of occupational safety and health. The James P. Keogh Award is a prestigious award. A lifetime achievement award. This year, I was honored to accept this award on behalf of my late husband, Thomas R. Waters. 

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CDC at 70: Seven Decades of Protecting America and The World

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) celebrated its 70th anniversary. As part of this commemoration, former CDC directors gathered with staff and retirees to reflect on the agency’ past successes and challenges while considering CDC’s next phase in protecting Americans health, safety and security. 

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New CDC Vital Signs Focuses On Vehicle Safety

If you have been on the road this summer, either for work or vacation, you know firsthand how important vehicle safety is to your health. Here’s something I didn’t know until recently: even though U.S. crash rates fell nearly one-third from 2000 to 2013, the United States still had the highest crash death rate among 19 other high-income countries. This was nearly twice that of Belgium, the next-highest country. 

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What Inspired Me at Aspen Spotlight Health

Imagine walking through a field of tents on a warm, sunny day in Aspen, CO, and seeing a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, the head of a U.S. government health agency, the CEO of a multinational company and a leading philanthropist who has given many millions of dollars to fight disease all around the world. Then, imagine walking up to them to share your own ideas, or thanking them for their commitment to the health and well-being of all people.

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Take Action Against Zika

Today in Caguas, Puerto Rico—about 20 miles from the capital of San Juan—the community is coming together for a Zika Action Day focused on protection against Zika. Participating in the event are representatives from the Puerto Rico Department of Health, CDC and corporate partners, including the day’s primary sponsor The Home Depot.

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Tackling Rising Healthcare Costs: How CDC Helps Business

Did you know that high blood pressure is one of the 10 most expensive health conditions for U.S. businesses? About 75 million U.S. adults, many of whom are in the workforce, have high blood pressure, which is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke. To highlight the human and economic cost of conditions like these, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) teamed with the CDC Foundation to launch Business Pulse: Lowering Healthcare Costs, Improving Productivity.

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Eighteen Countries Now Linked into Effort to Transform Health Data
The CDC Foundation, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is one of the key global partners in the Data for Health initiative, which according to a Bloomberg Philanthropies announcement is now underway in 18 countries, reaching nearly one billion people, around the globe.
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Zika is Spreading, and More Funding is Needed to Stop It

To beat back Zika and protect pregnant women and their unborn children, more funding is needed—both from governments and the private sector. That’s the message from two members of the CDC Foundation’s board of directors in an op-ed that ran online at CNBC.com over the weekend.

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Our Priority is to Protect Pregnant Women from Zika

Yesterday I attended the Atlanta Press Club’s Newsmaker Luncheon where Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had a fireside chat about combating the Zika virus.

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Take Three Actions Now to Zap Zika and Prevent Birth Defects

“When an earthquake hits, we understand the need to respond,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National Press Club last week. “Now, imagine if you had the power to stop an earthquake. We, together, using the tools of public health, have the power to stop the health equivalent of many earthquakes that happen.”

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World No Tobacco Day 2016: Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products

Every year, on May 31, countries around the world celebrate World No Tobacco Day, which highlights effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, World No Tobacco Day focuses on plain packaging, which is a tobacco control strategy related to health warnings. Plain packaging refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colors and brand images or promotional information on tobacco packaging.

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Fighting Zika, Empowering Pregnant Women

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said recently that nothing about fighting the Zika virus is going to be easy or quick. Controlling the Aedes species mosquito is hard, and although we’re learning a lot quickly, there is still a lot we don't know.  Clearly, there is an urgent need to both learn more and do more—and all of us have a role to play.  

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From Food Safety to Flu, CDC Protects the Health of Your Business

Protecting the health of Americans is critical, not only to the welfare of our neighbors and communities, but to the growth of our economy. Last week, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in frozen fruits and vegetables.

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Clean Hands Count!

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene Day, CDC is launching a new hand hygiene campaign for healthcare providers, patients and their loved ones called Clean Hands Count. We are grateful to GOJO for their partnership that made this campaign possible.

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Detecting Threats, Protecting People: The Epidemic Intelligence Service

This week, May 2-5, the 65th annual EIS conference is taking place in metro Atlanta. This year’s theme, Data for Action, celebrates the many accomplishments of EIS over the last 65 years and how the program has adapted to the data-driven digital landscape, as well as the current needs of CDC, state and local health departments.

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Working with CDC and Partners to Meet Zika Response Needs

Zika virus “is probably the most complicated issue CDC has ever faced,” said Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) division of vector borne diseases and incident manager for CDC’s Zika response, in a recent Time interview. “Everything is not straightforward and every single center at CDC is involved, which is unprecedented.”

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World Malaria Day: Aiming for Zero

Jerome Millerand is proud to say that if he does not find you, you can always find him. “Every day I go to the field from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,” Millerand said. “After 4:00 p.m., people come to my home if they need help because they know me as the malaria field agent.”

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World Meningitis Day: A Step Closer to Eliminating Epidemics

Sunday, April 24th marks World Meningitis Day; a day to raise awareness about this preventable illness that affects 1 million people annually.

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 Championing Childhood Immunizations

This week is National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), a time to raise awareness about the important role of immunizations in the health of the youngest members of society. Since 1994, the annual observance has been a call to action for parents, caregivers and healthcare providers to ensure that their infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases, including influenza. 

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Reducing Maternal Mortality in the United States

Did you know that an estimated 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes each year in the United States? Unfortunately, this is a real statistic. The good news is that many of these deaths can be prevented. 

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