Blog Posts (2017)

Ready for the Next Pandemic? We better be.

It has never been more important for our nation to invest in a stronger, more coordinated and better resourced network for global health security. America has an essential role to play in this work, along with other nations around the world. 

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CDC Yellow Book: A Vital Resource for International Travelers

For both international travelers and the health professionals who care for them, CDC Health Information for International Travel (more commonly known as the Yellow Book) is the definitive guide to staying healthy and safe anywhere in the world.

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World Hand Hygiene Day: Clean Hands Count!

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene Day, CDC, in collaboration with the CDC Foundation, launched a new promotional video for healthcare providers intended to promote and encourage adherence to CDC hand hygiene recommendations. 

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World Malaria Day: Eliminating Malaria from the Island of Hispaniola

Malaria Zero partners are using innovative strategies and a learn-by-doing approach to determine and deliver a key package of interventions aimed at shortening the timeline to elimination on the island of Hispaniola.

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Partnership Works to Protect Burkina Faso from Meningitis A

The thermometer nears 95 degrees at 8:00 a.m. in Laye, Burkina Faso, a small village about 20 miles from the capital city of Ouagadougou. Though the temperature will top 105 degrees today, the heat has not kept the mothers of a few dozen children from walking or biking to their local dispensary. The women are here to ensure their children receive vaccines to protect them from contracting a number of preventable diseases, including meningococcal meningitis.

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A History of Protecting America: The Epidemic Intelligence Service

Who is responsible for protecting America from the spread of disease and other global health threats? Who works day and night domestically and globally to ensure epidemics in other countries do not hit American soil? The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), also known as disease detectives, are the ones responsible, and they take this role very seriously. 

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National Public Health Week 2017: Healthiest Nation in One Generation

This week is National Public Health Week—a time to reflect on how the field of public health benefits all of us. An initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA) for more than 20 years, National Public Health Week aims to raise awareness of important public health protection initiatives and achievements. 

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John Allegrante Receives 2017 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award

John Allegrante, Ph.D., L.H.D. (Hon.), received the 2017 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award for his extraordinary and indelible contributions to the fields of behavioral sciences and health education as a researcher, academician, ambassador, mentor and public servant.

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A Lens on CDC: The Photographs of Jim Gathany

For the past 30 years, Jim Gathany has been documenting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) scientific achievements, its significant events, its facilities and its history. A Lens on CDC, the latest exhibit at CDC’s David J. Sencer Museum, celebrates Gathany’s long career, the artistry of both his scientific and documentary work and his incredible contributions to CDC.

 

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New Business Pulse: Opioid Overdose Epidemic

America’s alarming opioid epidemic not only affects individuals and their families—it also impacts employers, their customers and entire communities. To share the challenges businesses face, and to help offer solutions, the CDC Foundation is pleased to feature CDC’s work in Business Pulse: Opioid Overdose Epidemic. 

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The Survivors: Rebuilding Lives after Ebola

Two years ago Ebola ran rampant in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. While the Ebola epidemic there ended in 2016, the devastating effects of the virus continue to weigh on those who survived. Two survivors in recent months visited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sharing their personal stories of Ebola and its aftermath, while also describing efforts to provide their communities with opportunities for hope, healing and recovery.

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Innovative Strategies Needed to Control Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes

To further the search for strategies to control Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting a two-day summit in Atlanta. The CDC Foundation is co-hosting the summit with support provided by Bayer, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Oak Foundation, Orkin and SC Johnson.

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Helping Women Protect Their Health and Baby-To-Be

A new, Show Your Love app, helps women who wish to become pregnant plan their pregnancy and chart their course. We are very grateful for Anthem's support in making this app available to women around the country.

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One year later: Zika reflections and a look ahead

On January 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Zika, which is one of the most complex outbreak responses in the agency’s history.

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We Can, I Can: Take Action on World Cancer Day 2017

Cancer knows no boundaries. World Cancer Day 2017 offers us all a powerful opportunity to reflect on what we can do, collectively and individually, to help prevent and fight this devastating disease. 

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Africa United Campaign Emphasizes Protection of Children from Disease

Africa United has teamed up with the Confédération Africaine de Football and public health partners on the "Every Shot Counts" campaign. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of immunization for children to tackle preventable diseases, and achieve universal immunization coverage across Africa. 

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Thanks Dr. Tom Frieden

Inspiring leaders are essential to the success of organizations, but they are hard to find, especially those able to run a complex organization with responsibility for the health, safety and security of all Americans. During the past eight years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been fortunate to benefit from an outstanding leader, Tom Frieden, who this week will leave the agency with the transition of presidential administrations.

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An Evidence Review of the Health Effects of Marijuana

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides important perspective on the health effects of marijuana, and the CDC Foundation is pleased to have helped support this effort that can be used as a guide for additional research.

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