Digital Bridge is a public-private partnership of healthcare
providers, health information technology developers and
public health organizations working together to advance
clinical care by developing data systems to exchange information
between healthcare and public health. This innovative
collaborative brings together key decision makers to solve
information exchange challenges. The partnership is working
to improve public health surveillance and action through
more efficient data sharing.
The CDC Foundation is a partner in this work, creating
solutions for a nationally consistent and sustainable
approach to using electronic health data and improving
systems of collaboration. To expand this work, the CDC
Foundation is working to bring together more public and
private partners and investments to build capacity and
infrastructure to the existing processes of data exchange.
This will provide more complete information and data that
can inform clinical care, public health and emergency response.
The Sergey Brin Family Foundation is the lead CDC
Foundation donor supporting this initiative.
“Health care, public health and electronic health record
vendors are working together to build a system that makes
reporting easier for clinicians while enabling public
health to respond more effectively.”
– John Lumpkin, MD, MPH, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
The Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients initiative,
led by CDC and the CDC Foundation, with support from Amgen Oncology,
was developed to help lower the risk of infection during
chemotherapy. The program provides resources to patients,
caregivers and oncology providers about the serious side
effect of chemotherapy called neutropenia or low white blood
cell count, which may lead to hospitalization, disruption
in chemotherapy schedules and even death.
In 2019, the program commemorated a decade of helping patients.
During the year, the program launched new resources that
provide support to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The new educational materials include a public service announcement
and a virtual healthcare provider tool in English and Spanish:
TINA and TINA en Español. This tool, “Talking about Infection &
Neutropenia Awareness,” known as TINA, is an interactive evidence-based
online tool that provides a personalized learning experience
in English and Spanish for cancer patients, and a role-playing
and training opportunity in English for providers to communicate
better with their patients.
“TINA is the first-ever tool developed to engage both
patients and providers in an educational and informative
way. Our hope is that TINA can help facilitate more
effective communication about this serious side effect
– Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control,
The CDC Foundation, in partnership with CDC, the World Health Organization, Bloomberg
Philanthropies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other
international partners, works with countries to implement surveys to
track adult and youth tobacco use and related measures. Data from
these surveys are used to enhance government capacity for tobacco
control surveillance and monitoring. This work provides globally
standardized data to track adult and youth tobacco use across the
world, with the intent for countries to use these data to effect change
through policies and programs.
To highlight tobacco use and key indicators, such as secondhand
smoke exposure, from countries in the African Region, CDC and the
CDC Foundation released the Global Tobacco Surveillance System
(GTSS) African Region Atlas, funded through a grant from the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation. This publication, available in English and
French, presents data on select tobacco use measures among youth
or adults from 36 countries in this region. Without a comprehensive
approach to tobacco prevention and control, tobacco smoking
prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to rise from 15.8
percent in 2010 to 21.9 percent in 2030.
“I’m excited that this first regional Atlas is dedicated to the
Africa region because for a long time, advocates have been
concerned with the lack of tobacco control data in our region.
It should be widely disseminated and used to craft the right
messages for policy makers to pay attention to tobacco control
and take action.”
– Bintou Camara Bityeki, MBA, Regional Director of the AFRICA Program, Campaign
for Tobacco-Free Kids
The CDC Foundation launched Contagious Conversations, a new podcast
that features in-depth interviews with individuals who are playing
a key role in making the world safer and healthier. Contagious Conversations
offers compelling insights and advice from individuals who dedicate their
lives to the health and safety of America and the world. The episodes
take listeners behind the scenes to learn more about leaders’ career
paths and their perspectives on protecting our nation’s health.
Some interview highlights include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
President and CEO Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation President and CEO Dr. Richard Besser, CDC Director Dr.
Robert Redfield, and public health advocates like Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha,
who raised the alarm on the Flint, Michigan, water crisis
and Maryn McKenna, an acclaimed journalist on the frontlines of
The conversations share unique perspectives on today’s toughest
health challenges, including antibiotic resistance, polio eradication,
global disease outbreaks, maternal mortality, ending the AIDS epidemic,
health equality and more.
“Contagious Conversations provides thought-provoking discussions
about health topics that affect us all. With each interview, we
see the power of storytelling and how the conversations can give
us new perspectives and add to our understanding of complex health issues.”
– Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO, CDC Foundation
The Community Guide is an essential resource for everyone
who wants to know what works to improve the public’s health
and health equity. It is a compilation of recommendations
and findings from the Community Preventive Services Task
Force about public health programs, services and other interventions
to improve health and promote safety. The Community Preventive
Services Task Force, an independent, nonfederal panel established
by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1996, has
conducted more than 350 reviews—including over 160 economic
reviews—resulting in nearly 250 recommendations across 21 health
topic areas to inform evidence-based decision making for public health.
At an event co-hosted by former Community Preventive Services
Task Force Chair Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding and the CDC Foundation,
the Community Preventive Services Task Force celebrated over
two decades of accomplishments through the public health community’s
use of the Community Guide. It is a national resource that has
saved lives, improved health, reduced costs and informed and
supported the work of decision makers at national, state and local levels.
“It has been my honor to serve as a member of the Community
Preventive Services Task Force since its founding. In its
third decade and beyond, I feel confident the Task Force
will continue to push the boundaries of research on social
determinants, which we know is critical to public health.”
– Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Former Chair, Community Preventive Services Task
© David Snyder / CDC Foundation
Throughout the world, roads are shared by cars, buses,
trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, pedestrians, animals, taxis
and other travelers. Travel made possible by motor vehicles
supports economic and social development in many countries.
Yet each year, these vehicles are involved in crashes
that are responsible for 1.35 million deaths and up to 50 million injuries.
To address this issue, the CDC Foundation and CDC launched
a Global Road Safety Clearinghouse and Evaluation Lab to
bring together resources and expertise to help prevent road
traffic crash-related injuries and deaths. As part of the
work, a new toolkit was developed that focuses on conducting
traffic conflict analyses. The toolkit provides resources to
global road safety partners to conduct a road safety evaluation.
The toolkit focuses on the safety of pedestrians and cyclists
in low- and middle-income countries and provides traffic
conflict data collection methods that can be tailored to
different settings. The toolkit describes how to collect and
analyze traffic conflict data both before and after the
implementation of a road safety intervention to evaluate if the
intervention is effective in reducing traffic conflicts, and
in doing so, reducing crashes, injuries and deaths.
As case studies for the toolkit, Lund University in Sweden
provided training on traffic conflict analysis methodology.
Mexico City and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, served as the pilot
sites to demonstrate how the conflict analysis can be applied.
The FIA Foundation, a global road safety philanthropy,
supported this work.
“It was a wonderful experience to pilot the traffic
conflict technique methods in Dar es Salaam. The two
methods we piloted are useful for our School Area Road
Safety and Improvements Program, both in assessing the
risks that road users—especially children around schools—
face and whether our road safety improvements have reduced
or ended the risks.”
– George Malekela, Amend
To improve hand hygiene in U.S. communities, the CDC
Foundation and CDC, with support from Staples and GOJO,
developed new handwashing materials that encourage adults
to make handwashing and hand sanitizing a healthy habit.
The national campaign, Life is Better with Clean Hands,
promotes proper hand hygiene to prevent transmission of
illness and infection and improve community health. The
new materials for the campaign provide special emphasis
on parents and caregivers, people cooking at home and people
using public restrooms. The resources include radio public
service announcements in English, and posters, social media
graphics, web banners and stickers in English and Spanish.
This partnership also expanded the Clean Hands Count campaign
with new materials designed to encourage proper hand hygiene
in dialysis centers and long-term care facilities—empowering
patients to ask healthcare providers to clean their hands
and guiding healthcare personnel in the use of hand sanitizer
at key moments during care.
“Cleaning your hands sounds too simple to be important—but in
every healthcare setting it’s the best way to protect patients
– Janet Glowicz, PhD, RN, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC