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Grant Provides Vital Support to Tackling Cervical Cancer

Today, I’m pleased to announce that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing a $3.6 million grant to support an effort to establish standards and boost information systems for treatment of cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of cervical cancer is particularly severe.

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Disease Outbreaks Create Real Business Challenges

To aid business preparedness and response efforts, a new CDC Foundation Business Pulse issue focuses on steps that businesses can take and resources they can utilize to navigate through the challenges caused by disease outbreaks.

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Reporting on Public Health Progress in Haiti

Just over a year ago, I traveled to Haiti with the CDC Foundation to commemorate the completion of two new public health buildings supported through donations to the CDC Foundation. The buildings marked a milestone in the country’s recovery and reconstruction since the earthquake.

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Ruth Katz Joins CDC Foundation Board for Second Term

Ruth’s long and distinguished public health career will help us advance the important and life-saving work of CDC.

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Making Water Safe for Everyone

Did you know that more than 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe water?  It is hard to believe that every year more than 2 million people around the world die of diseases they contract from contaminated water.

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Improving the Nation's Health with Evidence-Based Law and Health Policy

Reduction in tobacco use. Increased seat belt use. These are only a couple of examples of how laws and policies have been a significant factor in improving public health over the past century.

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Inspiring Change: Today is International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the achievements of women. Over the last few years, the CDC Foundation has gathered stories throughout the world about the life-saving work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number

Public health connects us all, and involves protecting the health and safety of our communities, our workforce, and the world. Individuals that develop significant new ideas, programs, innovations, and policies to improve public health should be recognized for their achievements

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A Fresh, New Approach to Preventing Unsafe Injection Practices

It often surprises people to hear that unsafe injection practices in U.S. healthcare settings are still an issue. Unfortunately, it is true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen outbreaks in the past 10 years and continues to respond to outbreaks routinely even today. 

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One Interconnected World That Needs Protection

We live in an interconnected world, particularly when it comes to disease and public health threats. Disease knows no borders—what happens in one country can affect us all. 

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Helping Cancer Patients Prevent Infections this Winter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is leading a comprehensive program focused on providing information, action steps and tools for patients, their families and healthcare providers to reduce the risk of developing potentially life-threatening infections during chemotherapy treatment.

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Private Sector Power

Last week’s announcement by CVS Caremark that the company would no longer sell tobacco products has garnered quite a few headlines. This announcement provides another example of how the private sector can promote public health and save lives, something that U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden pointed out in a blog on the Huffington Post over the weekend.

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Engineering Safe Healthcare: Why CDC Needs Business Partnerships

Working at CDC, I see how our country is doing at protecting patients during medical care. While we’ve made some solid progress, I am still shocked when we uncover outbreaks or infection control breaches that are simple and unacceptable lapses in basic safe care. Every day, one in every 20 hospital patients has an infection caused by their medical care. 

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Reflections on the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health

This month marks an important milestone in public health history—the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. To commemorate the anniversary, the Department of Health and Human Services today released The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General.

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A Time to Take Stock and Look Ahead

As the last days of 2013 slip away, I read with interest Dr. Tom Frieden’s CNN.com blog, which provides his thoughts on the successes of the Centers for Disease and Prevention’s work over the past year and the public health challenges the agency will face in 2014.

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CDC Foundation Receives $13.5 Million in Grants for Global Health

These grants will support the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work, along with other partners, to address meningitis surveillance in sub-Saharan Africa, rotavirus intussusception surveillance in South Africa and an effort to leverage global rotavirus networks through the evaluation of molecular diagnostic tools.

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CDC Measures Violence Against Children, Sparks Action

Imagine that you woke up this morning and newspaper headlines said that scientists had discovered a new disease. The scientists reported that up to 1 billion children worldwide were exposed to this disease every year.

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Helping CDC Protect and Advance Health With $400 Million Raised

Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has worked to partner the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with individuals, foundations, corporations and governments, raising more than $400 million and facilitating more than 700 programs to extend CDC’s life-saving public health work.

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Health is a Human Right with the California Endowment

The California Endowment and CDC Foundation hosted a special November 7 event in honor of the exhibition Health is a Human Right at CDC’s David J. Sencer Museum. I’m thrilled about this collaboration and consider the California Endowment, with their mission to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, an ideal partner for addressing health inequities.

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Changing the world...One leader at a time

CDC is preparing leaders of tomorrow through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Ambassador Program and Internship, a four-year partnership facilitated by the CDC Foundation. Once trained, the ambassadors serve as positive, energetic, well-informed public health mentors and role models to their campus peers and the community at large.

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