Blog Posts (2016)

We Couldn't Do It Without YOU!

December is a great time to reflect on the past year. By almost any measure, 2016 was eventful, with triumph as seen in the Summer Olympic Games and tragedy in the form of terrorist attacks in the United States and around the globe.

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Protecting Women from Zika in Puerto Rico

Last summer, Tashira, 22, of Puerto Rico got pregnant with her second child. Tashira didn’t plan to have another baby so soon, but she got pregnant when she ran out of birth control pills. During one summer visit to a health clinic in a San Juan shopping mall, Tashira disclosed her anxiety about the current Zika virus outbreak and the link between Zika infection during pregnancy and birth defects.

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Local Data for Better Health

To ensure the health of America’s neighborhoods and communities, it is vital to understand the scope of the nation's most pressing health challenges. We are very grateful for the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the 500 Cities Project, and we are excited to see the potential for this project to improve the health of Americans across the country.

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CDC Foundation Moves Offices

The CDC Foundation moves to a new office space in downtown Atlanta. We look forward to serving you from our new location.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $360M in Tobacco Control Support

Over the last 10 years Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested millions of dollars in the fight against tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries. The tobacco control investment has changed the global trajectory of tobacco use, with global sales of tobacco plateauing in 2012 and about 200 billion fewer cigarettes sold in 2014 than in 2010.

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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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