Blog Posts (2013)

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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World Polio Day: A Shot to Save the World

A Shot to Save the World is premiering on the Smithsonian Channel this evening in honor of World Polio Day. We hope you will join us in watching this compelling documentary about the history of polio eradication. The show premieres at 8:00 p.m.

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Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients Program Hits Home

Over the last few months, one of our partnerships with Amgen focused on preventing infections in cancer patients has really hit home for me. I was recently diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer and am currently undergoing eight rounds of chemotherapy, which will be followed by surgery and radiation.

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Villa International, A Home Away From Home for CDC International Visitors

Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosts hundreds of international public health professionals as they travel to the agency to gain vital perspective into issues such as disease detection, response and treatment. These visitors then take the knowledge they acquire back to their home countries where they can put into practice solutions to improve and save the lives of their fellow citizens.

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The Longer The Shutdown Persists, The More We Are At Risk

Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, who was the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director during the last government shutdown that occurred in 1995–1996, penned a Bloomberg News op-ed focused on the government shutdown’s impact to CDC and, in turn, public health.

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Infographic: CDC Protections Curtailed During Government Shutdown

To provide perspective on the public health risks our nation faces in the current environment, the CDC Foundation compiled a list of some vital CDC health security and prevention programs that are not able to run or operate at full capacity during the shutdown.

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CDC Shines, Shutdown or Not

Over the past week and a half since the government shutdown began, I have been thinking about my colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They include those who are working as part of a skeleton crew to keep the agency running during the shutdown and those furloughed who are not allowed to work.

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If You Can Measure It, You Can Change It

Over the last seven years of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, we have followed the axiom that “public health problems that can be measured can be changed.” Monitoring an epidemic helps to determine the scope of a problem and identify the appropriate intervention approaches.

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We Did It Again...Foundation Receives Highest Rating

We are extremely proud to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating again this year. Nationally, only two percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator have received seven consecutive 4-star evaluations. According to Charity Navigator, “This ‘exceptional’ designation differentiates CDC Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

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CDC Museum Opens New Exhibit on Saturday for Museum Day

This Saturday, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum will be open for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! We are looking forward to participating again this year. This is a great opportunity for us to show the community the importance of public health and to showcase the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's life-saving work through our exhibits.

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New Online Series Connects Business to CDC Resources

The CDC Foundation's new quarterly Business Pulse explores how CDC protects businesses and their workforces from chronic threats and major health emergencies. In this first issue, Business Pulse highlights CDC’s role in public health preparedness and response, including CDC’s resources that advance business preparedness and continuity efforts.

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CDC: Working to Stop the Cough Heard Around the World

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden on Tuesday warned of a forming perfect storm—new infectious diseases, drug-resistant bacteria and diseases that could be used as weapons—that poses increased risks to the United States’ health security. 

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CANCER: Survivors in Focus at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum

People from across the Atlanta community attended a panel presentation and reception supported by Accenture around the exhibit CANCER: Survivors in Focus at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. The event prompted a dialogue about how employers can support employees living with, through and beyond cancer.

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A Year in the Life of a CDC Experience Fellow

Kerry Schnell tells us about her year as a CDC Experience Fellow in the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch at CDC examining the effectiveness of a whooping cough vaccine in Seattle, community preparedness in Alabama, intestinal parasites and 250 waterborne disease outbreaks associated with hot tubs.

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Q&A with New CDC Foundation Board Member Raymond Baxter

For decades, I have admired the many contributions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance public health in the United States and around the world. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has been a critical support to the CDC, enabling CDC to “do more, faster.”

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