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All You Need is Love...and Health

Earlier this month, the CDC Foundation’s Emily Mitchell and Andrew Webb tied the knot and celebrated their love with family and friends in Minneapolis, MN. Instead of a traditional wedding registry, they asked guests to consider making a gift to one of their favorite nonprofits—including the CDC Foundation.

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Campaign Empowers Puerto Rican Women, Communities to Stop Zika

Dr. Christine Prue spent 75 days on the ground in Puerto Rico earlier this year, leading a team that interviewed hundreds of pregnant women to gain insights into their perspectives about Zika.

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Improving the Lives of People with Sickle Cell Disease

To provide the latest public health update on what we know about sickle cell disease, and how far we have come with understanding this disease, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds session. Mary Hulihan, Dr.P.H., a CDC health scientist who works on a CDC Foundation effort with CDC called the Sickle Cell Data Collection program, presented during this session.

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Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Samet, 2016 Fries Prize Recipient

Dr. Jonathan Samet today received the 2016 Fries Prize for Improving Health for his pioneering research and decades of advocacy on the negative impacts of air pollution on health.

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Thankful

Everything we do depends on partnerships. As we look back on this year, we are thankful for the many people who came together to help us tackle the world’s complex health challenges.

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Raising Felix

Coralaideé Jiménez, a single mom living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, changes diapers, prepares bottles, and dresses her son, Felix, for school every day. And all night, she holds him. Felix is 11.

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Innovation Against Zika

What if you were given 48 hours to develop an innovative solution to a health threat like the Zika outbreak? This was the challenge presented to undergraduate students from five universities across the state of Texas gathered by Texas A&M University and The Zika Foundation this summer during a groundbreaking event. 

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Tobacco Use: Turning Workplace Challenges into Opportunities

CDC joined with the CDC Foundation to launch Business Pulse: Tobacco Use to highlight ways employers can help improve employee health—and overall business health—by reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. 

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World Polio Day Provides Focus on Progress toward a Polio-Free World

Sixty years ago few diseases struck as much fear in parents and children as polio. It’s difficult for us to imagine in the United States today, but in the 1940s and 1950s polio crippled an average of 35,000 people each year. Thanks to an aggressive vaccination effort, the United States has been polio-free since 1979, but people in many areas of the world continued to suffer the terrible effects of polio.

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International Day of the Girl: Every Hour Matters

As the fifth annual International Day of the Girl Child approaches on October 11, Together for Girls is shining a light on our recently-launched Every Hour Matters campaign, which focuses on ensuring that those who suffer rape do not also have to experience HIV, unintended pregnancy or long-term mental health issues.

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Making Dialysis Safer for Patients

To help address the issue of dialysis patient safety, CDC announced that they are teaming up with a broad coalition of kidney and dialysis organizations to reduce the number of bloodstream infections in dialysis patients. 

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Welcome Monique Patrick to the CDC Foundation

Monique Saunders Patrick has joined the CDC Foundation as chief operating officer. To fulfill our mission to help CDC do more, faster we must aspire to be as effective and efficient as possible, and Monique will be instrumental on delivering on this goal.

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UN General Assembly Elevates Antibiotic Resistance to Crisis Level

What do we do if antibiotics no longer work and are no longer the “miracle drug” we’ve all come to take for granted since at least the 1940s? This question was a key topic at the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York City this week.

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Experts Gather at CDC to Discuss Cardiovascular Disease Solutions

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the world’s leading cause of death—with more than 17 million deaths per year attributed to the disease. While the challenges to tackling CVD are significant, there are opportunities to address and improve CVD management as well as strengthen understanding of CVD through standardized and coordinated action, including surveillance and epidemiology of the disease.

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Study Offers Insights into Youth Cigarette Smoking in 45 Countries

On September 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published a study on current cigarette smoking, access and purchasing behavior among students aged 13–15 years old. The study is unique in that it presents results from 45 countries, covering all six World Health Organization regions.

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Preventing Zika-related Birth Defects Through Contraception Access

We announced today that the Zika Contraception Access Network (Z-CAN) is now operational. Through this effort, we are working with generous donors and committed partners to provide a full range of contraceptive options free of charge to women wanting to delay or avoid pregnancy at this time.

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Business Pulse: How CDC Keeps Workers Safe on the Road

To underscore the impact of workplace crashes, and to share actions employers can take to protect their workers in the United States and abroad, NIOSH and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control joined with the CDC Foundation to launch Business Pulse: Motor Vehicle Safety at Work.

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Puerto Rico Needs Our Help to Stop Zika

To help Puerto Rico bolster its response to Zika, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week declared a public health emergency at the request of the territory’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla. The public health emergency declaration shines a bright light on the needs in Puerto Rico.

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Seven Months into Zika Crisis, We Must Work Together To Fund Response

There are three actions our country must undertake to beat back Zika, and time is not on our side. This is the message from our President and CEO Judith Monroe, M.D., in a new op-ed posted today at CNBC.com. 

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CDC Mountin Lecture Features Michael R. Bloomberg

When entrepreneur, philanthropist and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took the stage at the 36th annual Joseph W. Mountin Lecture at CDC recently, he shared his thoughts about how to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people, with a focus on a data-driven approach and teamwork.

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