Blog Posts

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.

 

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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. 

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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. 

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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. 

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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. 

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article
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.

0 Comments   |   > Read Full Article