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Viva Villa! A Night to Celebrate Villa International

In 1972, Villa International opened its doors as a residence for visiting international workers. Over its history, the 33-room residence has been a temporary home to more than 24,000 guests, international researchers, public health professionals and students from 147 countries.

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CDC in Action: World Polio Day 2014

Today is World Polio Day—a day to celebrate the many achievements made in global polio eradication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its partners. Today is also a day to reflect upon the urgent need for continued support and awareness of this international public health issue. 

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Welcoming a New Board Chair and a New Board Member

I am delighted to share with you some exciting news about the CDC Foundation’s board of directors. Doug Nelson, who has been on our board since 2008, has been appointed as the new chair of the CDC Foundation board, and former Turner Broadcasting Systems Chairman and CEO Phil Kent has been named to our board.

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$25 Million from Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan Helps Fight Ebola

The CDC Foundation is pleased to announce today that Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan are helping to fight Ebola through a generous $25 million gift to the CDC Foundation from their donor-advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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Why I Give: A Celebration of Our Partners

Our partners save and improve lives in the United States and throughout the world, and for that we at the CDC Foundation are extremely grateful.

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Ebola in U.S. is Reminder That Disease Knows No Boundaries

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. Although the thought of Ebola here in our country raises concerns for many people, CDC has been anticipating and preparing for a case of Ebola in the United States.

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The Closing Bell: Mobilizing Resources to Help Stop Ebola

One wouldn’t necessarily associate the stock market with efforts to prevent disease and save lives, but yesterday the NASDAQ, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Foundation and the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy came together for just that purpose. 

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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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