Wishing You Health and Happiness in the New Year

As the last days of 2017 slip away and the CDC Foundation closes out the year, we give thanks to our many partners who helped us do more together. When we work together versus alone, we collectively have the means, science and reach to improve the public’s health and safety. 

Our partnerships help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launch new programs, expand existing programs and establish pilot projects. This year, through the support of our partners, we were proud to extend CDC’s life-saving work—a few highlights include:

Preventing maternal deaths: A collaboration between the CDC Foundation, CDC and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs is working to better understand the causes and factors contributing to pregnancy-related death, with the aim of identifying opportunities with the greatest potential to end preventable maternal mortality. 

Understanding sickle cell disease: Through a partnership with CDC’s Division of Blood Disorders, the California Rare Disease Surveillance Program and the Georgia Health Policy Center, the CDC Foundation is supporting the Sickle Cell Data Collection Program, a data collection system for Americans with sickle cell disease.

Preventing birth defects from Zika: Last year, we established the Zika Contraception Access Network (Z-CAN), which provided women who chose to avoid or delay pregnancy during the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico with access to client-centered contraceptive counseling and a full range of free, reversible contraceptive methods.

Our success is based on you, our partners. We look forward to 2018, continuing the work with our current partners and connecting with new ones to help CDC protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.


Judy Monroe, MD, is president and CEO of the CDC Foundation.