We all do. Public health research and programs improve health for entire populations. Public health in action keeps our food and water supply safe, contains outbreaks of infectious diseases, informs policy-making and helps remove disparities in access to healthcare.
Likewise, CDC Foundation programs help CDC address health issues that affect a community or population. But at the heart of each program are the individuals and families, who, as a result of CDC's work, live longer, healthier, more productive lives. Read the stories of some of these individuals in the examples below.
For the students of Hickory Creek Elementary in Warren County, TN, recess is even more fun now, thanks in part to a unique partnership between the CDC Foundation, Cargill, the American School Health Association, and CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health. With childhood obesity rates on the rise in Warren County, playtime now is serious business.
Like everyone who survived Haiti’s massive earthquake, Marie Michelle Paris has a story to tell. A CDC secretary working out of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Paris had just left work that day when the earth began to shake.
A CDC Foundation program funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation is helping family coaches incorporate technology-based tools into parenting programs to help prevent child abuse and maltreatment. A team from CDC's Division of Violence Prevention is leading the effort.