A Celebration of Our Partners | Impact 2022
Thank you for supporting our diverse programs and collaborations. In this report, you will learn more about some inspiring people and organizations who are transforming lives through critical public health initiatives.
The information shared in this report includes data from the CDC Foundation’s fiscal year, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.
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Programs including 223 domestic and 93 global programs with CDC and public health partners
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Partnerships—individuals, philanthropies, corporations and organizations—working together to make an impact
Community-based organizations funded throughout the country
Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to Fight Disease
Globally, gaps in basic water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in healthcare facilities place approximately 1.8 billion people at heightened risk of diseases. In the world’s lowest income countries, half of healthcare facilities lack basic water access, over 60 percent lack basic sanitation and 70 percent lack basic healthcare waste management.
With support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Wallace Genetic Foundation and World Vision Inc., the CDC Foundation is engaged in three major projects to improve WASH infrastructure and waste management in healthcare facilities. Partnering with implementing organizations and local governments in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Niger and Uganda, the CDC Foundation is working with CDC to assess and track progress toward national and global standards for WASH in healthcare facilities, increase uptake of WASH practices through targeted research pilots and provide technical assistance to partners to improve COVID-19 prevention and preparedness by rapidly assessing WASH in healthcare facilities. Through this vital work, the CDC Foundation and our partners are ensuring healthcare facilities in high-priority settings are implementing evidence-based, field-tested best practices to reduce the burden of infectious diseases and save lives.
Photo: CDC Health Scientist Victoria Trinies
Envisioning the Public Health System of the Future
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the critical need for a strong national public health system. In late 2021 and early 2022, the CDC Foundation convened a national series called Lights, Camera, Action: The Future of Public Health to examine how the United States can modernize its public health system to protect against future health emergencies.
Moderated by CDC Foundation President and CEO Judy Monroe, MD, the series of four virtual convenings was a collaborative effort by the CDC Foundation, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Big Cities Health Coalition and other partners in public health. Leveraging recommendations from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Public Health Forward, the Lights, Camera, Action series focused on workforce development, data modernization, public health law and governance and cross-sector partnerships and community engagement. At the conclusion of the series, organizers published full reports as well as action-focused next steps that build on the momentum of the lively summit discussions. These reports highlight ways that we can work together to build a more robust, resilient and equitable public health system for the future. The summits were supported by the United Health Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Building a Network of Disease Surveillance
Information is vital for those tasked with preventing and responding to disease outbreaks. Through a project funded by Resolve to Save Lives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation partnered to build disease surveillance capacity in Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, using web-based information like news and social media to identify public health risks early.
The event-based surveillance capacity-building project provides hands-on training and technical assessment of alert and response operations. Through regional exchanges, the project provides public health professionals in each country the opportunity to collaborate, build learning networks and exchange lessons learned. By linking the event-based surveillance of each country with the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources system—an initiative of the World Health Organization that seeks to bolster epidemic intelligence by using publicly available information—this project is building capacity for early detection and evidence-based decision-making. This collaboration is better preparing Africa’s public health professionals to quickly detect and respond to future disease outbreaks.
Turning Ideas into Action
This year the annual Aspen Ideas: Health festival drew health leaders, innovators and advocates to its unique venue in Aspen, CO, to explore approaches to better health for all. Representatives of CDC and CDC Foundation staff and board members engaged with fellow climate and health professionals on the most pressing issues surrounding climate change and its impact on health.
Highlights of the trip included CDC Foundation-sponsored discussions on the health impacts of climate change, featuring public health leaders and a cross-section of business, philanthropy, government and other organizations. The CDC Foundation team also recorded a podcast episode highlighting our discussions on climate change and health and an innovative COVID-19 wastewater surveillance project. With the health effects from our changing climate continuing to increase, the CDC Foundation remains intensely focused on bringing together support for communities, including those communities most at risk, to mitigate the health impacts of climate change and working with partners to make the future a healthy one for all.
Evaluating Antibodies to Save Lives
Every 75 seconds, a child under the age of five dies of malaria. The toll is especially high in sub-Saharan Africa, where 96 percent of the world’s malaria deaths occur. A staggering 80 percent of those dying are children.
Malaria, which is caused by parasites spread by infected mosquitos, is both preventable and treatable. In 2022, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CDC Foundation partnered with CDC to develop and implement a new clinical trial in western Kenya. The trial evaluates the use of a promising new malaria prevention tool—a monoclonal antibody known as L9LS. Through a collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Kenya Medical Research Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the trial is evaluating the safety, tolerability and effectiveness of L9LS in protecting children in areas where malaria transmission is high. The CDC Foundation is proud to support efforts to eradicate this deadly disease.
Photo: Antony Muyeshi
Caring for Those Experiencing Homelessness
Medical respite care is designed for people experiencing homelessness who no longer have a clinical need to remain in the hospital but are too ill or injured to recover on the streets or in shelters. This care is offered through a variety of settings, including freestanding facilities, homeless shelters, motels and transitional housing, but when COVID-19 hit the United States, these programs were overwhelmed with patients.
Through funding made possible by an anonymous donor, the CDC Foundation partnered with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council to identify the foremost barriers faced by these programs in the COVID-19 era—from facility needs and supply issues to equipment and staffing shortages. Together, the CDC Foundation and the Council helped selected facilities address these challenges, improve treatment and mitigate poor patient outcomes through staffing and planning support, facility renovations, program expansion and a host of other improvements. In total, 14 programs that were a part of this initiative expanded the reach and impact of their services, reducing the health effects of COVID-19 in this highly vulnerable population of people experiencing homelessness.
Evaluating Maternal and Reproductive Health in Tanzania
Sub-Saharan Africa experiences a higher maternal mortality ratio than any other region in the world. In Tanzania, which has the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Kigoma Region has the most adverse maternal health outcomes in the country.
With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and technical support from CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the CDC Foundation and partners worked in Kigoma to upgrade village-level health centers, train non-physician clinicians to provide emergency obstetric care, increase access to family planning services in health centers and educate community residents about the importance of using skilled birth attendants and family planning. This approach led to increased births in health facilities and more facilities providing emergency obstetric and newborn care, averting approximately 2,100 maternal deaths through emergency obstetric care between 2011–2018. To determine how elements of the program model have been maintained since Tanzania’s Kigoma Regional Authority took over the project in 2019, the CDC Foundation is conducting sustainability evaluations, with support from CDC, through in-depth interviews with local, regional and national stakeholders, ensuring a healthier future for Tanzania’s mothers.
Photo: Becky Bavinger/Bloomberg Philanthropies
Empowering Organizations to Manage Federal Grants
The CDC Foundation Federal Grants Management Training Series was designed to empower grantees to more effectively manage federal grants and cooperative agreements. Previously developed through a CDC cooperative agreement, the CDC Foundation was able to improve, enhance and promote this valuable training series thanks to a grant from the Public Health Foundation.
The free, self-guided training series launched in April 2022 after two jurisdictional partners, the Puerto Rico Department of Health and U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health, identified grants training as a need. The training consists of three modules that guide users through the grant process from application to closeout. Overall, 736 registrants completed training modules in the first seven months of the program, which is a collaboration between CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, the Office of Grant Services, Public Health Foundation and the CDC Foundation. Those who completed the series gave it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Preventing Childhood Sexual Abuse Through Research
Sexual abuse is a devastating event in the life of any child. But preventing such abuse is often hindered by critical gaps in our understanding of the most effective prevention approaches. To help fill those gaps, the CDC Foundation and CDC are working together to promote evaluation research and build credible evidence for effective abuse prevention strategies.
Funded jointly through contributions from the Oak Foundation and federally appropriated funds, this project has helped expand research evidence by supporting developmental and rigorous outcome evaluation research on child sexual abuse prevention programs, policies and practices. As part of the project, the CDC Foundation staffs a health scientist to coordinate technical assistance for funded research projects, manage a community of practice among research teams, conduct data analyses of novel risk and protective factors to inform the development of primary prevention strategies and collaborate with researchers to publish findings. The CDC Foundation remains committed to protecting children from sexual abuse. Since 2021, CDC and the CDC Foundation have funded nine research projects to address child sexual abuse and child sex trafficking prevention inequities among disproportionately affected populations.
Transforming Public Health Data to Foster Equity
Public health data systems play a pivotal role in ensuring everyone has a fair opportunity to attain their highest level of health. In recent years, the persistence of health inequities has been highlighted. Data are the building blocks to help us better understand and eliminate these inequities.
The CDC Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and insights from CDC, developed the Principles for Using Public Health Data to Drive Equity to create more equitable data life cycles. The five data equity principles build on previously developed toolkits and thought leadership, providing a new framework of analysis to apply throughout the data life cycle to highlight the accountability of data systems to the communities whose health they seek to support. It calls for all public health practitioners—including funders, program managers, community partners and academia—to analyze their data systems and processes. By providing ideas for how to apply the data equity principles to various data work, the CDC Foundation hopes to showcase the many ways data can be effectively used to foster health equity.
Helping Those Who Help Others
In addition to its many staff hired in the United States, CDC employs more than 1,300 locally hired staff in more than 40 countries around the world. Working largely in administrative and technical support positions, these local staff are the foundation of CDC’s international work, ensuring sustainability and cultural sensitivity across CDC programs.
Many of these vital staff are the main financial support for their families. So, when disasters strike, man-made or natural, local hires and their families can be seriously impacted. To help, the CDC Foundation created the Global Compassion Fund. Funded through private donations from individuals, this fund helps the CDC Foundation provide humanitarian assistance to local CDC staff in times of crisis. In 2022, disbursements from the Global Compassion Fund helped staff in Ukraine relocate in the midst of ongoing conflict and provided critical supplies to local CDC staff in Haiti following devastating hurricanes. We are proud to support these staff as they protect the health and safety of others around the world.
Extending a Health Lifeline to Afghan Evacuees
With the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. Government brought Afghan evacuees to the United States. As these evacuees arrived, the CDC Foundation worked with public and private partners to protect them from the spread of COVID-19 and provide access to critical health information and resources.
Activating its Emergency Response Fund to receive support from individuals, as well as from the Booz Allen Foundation, Dalio Philanthropies, Kaiser Permanente, the Lyda Hill Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, the NFL Foundation and Schmidt Futures, the CDC Foundation provided more than 10,000 cell phones to Afghan evacuees. These phones provided families with access to public health and resettlement resources and allowed public health officials to communicate vital public health alerts. Recipients also used the phones to supplement in-person health education sessions, capture and store digital copies of medical records, send and receive official resettlement materials and register for state-administered health benefits. Through the project, one phone was issued to each family unit or single adult. With each phone serving an estimated 3.5 evacuees, these phones provided a vital health lifeline for more than 34,689 Afghan evacuees as they began their new lives in the United States.
President and CEO, CDC Foundation
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