I represent a state domestic violence coalition made up of over 100 direct service providers that serve the needs of 254 counties in Texas. We recently completed a three year commitment to a CDC initiative called DELTA PREP.
One of the components I appreciate the most about public health is its intersection with a myriad of professional fields, sectors and partners. Recently, I had the opportunity to represent the CDC Foundation and participate in field work for the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) project; a project exemplifying the role public health plays in partnerships, engaging the community, and implementing targeted interventions to improve community health.
I’ve seen first-hand the devastation caused when single-use items and medications are reused on multiple patients. My wife, Evelyn, was one of 99 Nebraskans infected with hepatitis C in 2000 while receiving treatment for cancer.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the deep budget cuts that are straining the capacity of CDC, along with state and local health agencies across the country. In these tough times, community leaders have to figure out creative ways to help close the gaps to keep America healthy, safe and secure.
CDC Foundation Board Member David Ratcliffe shares the value of public-private partnerships in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The CDC Foundation serves as a bridge, connecting corporations and foundations to CDC. From a business perspective, partnerships through the CDC Foundation offer a unique opportunity to empower meaningful change on the daunting issues that affect the health, safety and security of their employees and customers."
We were thrilled that the CDC Foundation asked us to assist CDC on a campaign to help reduce infections in cancer patients. It’s a perfect opportunity for two organizations with complimentary expertise to join forces and leverage each other’s strengths for the benefit of patients.
In a white-walled wing of the CDC campus in Atlanta is a semi-tropical area filled with mosquitoes – CDC’s insectary. I went there to meet some of the entomologists working there, and the research they are doing is fascinating.
As clinicians, we know that the nearly one million patients who receive outpatient cancer treatment each year are at risk for serious infections that may lead to hospitalization, disruptions in chemotherapy schedules, and in some cases, death.
It was a privilege to travel with such an impressive delegation and to personally witness the enormously positive impact that CDC and PEPFAR have. Although I’ve traveled over 20 times to sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade, this was the most in-depth opportunity I’ve had to understand the frontline global health impact of CDC.
CDC is on the ground 24/7 protecting us from health, safety and security threats. We are proud to support CDC's life-saving work, and you are vital to our efforts - helping CDC apply groundbreaking research and real-time emergency response to safeguard our nation. Thanks for helping CDC protect us all by keeping America healthy, safe and secure.
This article was originally published by MikeBloomberg.com.
Marking five-years of significant progress on global anti-tobacco efforts, Bloomberg Philanthropies today – for the first time - has released a progress report related to the global Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use (the Initiative).
Watching Hands: Artists Respond to Keeping Well showcases the work of six artists who interpret the act of handwashing in innovative and unexpected ways. The artists stretch the boundaries of current public health campaigns through painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpture, installation and new media. Making the connection between handwashing and keeping well, the work – all new for this exhibition – ranges from the humorous to the spiritual. Watching Hands is organized by the David J.
Contest Raised Awareness about Preventing Recreational Water Illnesses
Pools are great places to spend the summer, but they are also places where germs can spread. Germs in the water can cause recreational water illnesses (RWIs), such as diarrhea and skin, ear, and eye infections, when we swim. To help prevent the spread of germs that cause RWIs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Healthy Swimming Program launched its first-ever video contest to encourage the public to create short, original videos that promote healthy swimming behaviors.
The nation’s response to Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, novel H1N1 flu and other emergencies highlights the urgent need for leaders to work collaboratively across public and private sectors to respond to crises.
Charles Stokes, CDC Foundation president and CEO, in a ceremony last evening received the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2013 Health-Care Hero Lifetime Achievement Award for his work helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advance its life-saving 24/7 work through public-private partnerships.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. In recognition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new Vital Signs report to raise awareness about the importance of testing baby boomers for hepatitis C.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend the 2013 Milken Institute Global Conference, attended by 3,700 global leaders from across the health, education, philanthropy, government, media, finance, business and energy sectors, including 18 members of Congress.