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Ebola Outbreak Response in DRC Demonstrates Importance of Global Health Security

By Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation We recently marked the second month since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While this latest outbreak has been alarming, recent news coming out of DRC is encouraging. Importantly, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that […]

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Data For Health Initiative National Public Health Bulletins Vitally Important

By Michelle Panneton, MPH, senior program officer for the CDC Foundation In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the Data for Health Initiative (D4H) to help governments build sustainable capacity to gather and use scientific data to guide decision making and policy development. One part of the initiative, called the Data Impact Program, aims to ensure health […]

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Give a Net. Save a Life.

By Amy Tolchinsky, senior communications officer for the CDC Foundation Imagine living in extremely close quarters with your neighbors, a diet that offers poor nutrition, decreased immunity to diseases and lack of health services. This is what life is like for nearly 277,000 refugees in the Bidi Bidi camp in Uganda—currently the world’s largest refugee […]

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American Board Of Obstetrics And Gynecology Honors Dr. Larry Gilstrap III

By Amy Macklin, senior advancement officer for the CDC Foundation To honor Dr. Larry C. Gilstrap III’s legacy as executive director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and in recognition of his profound impact on the health of women and children whose care he has influenced, ABOG has made a generous gift […]

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Together With CDC And You, Our Impact Is Greater

By Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO for the CDC Foundation Does your brand reflect who you are? Amazon CEO and Founder Jeff Bezos has said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.” That’s interesting to think about. What would people say about you or your organization when […]

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Atlanta emerging as a nexus to address climate change and global health

Atlanta’s significant role as a center for global health is now well-recognized and appreciated.

But last week, when the Atlanta-based Carter Center hosted the Climate & Health Meeting, it became apparent that our region’s contributions to improving global health must now take into account the growing challenges of climate change.

And Atlanta has an opportunity to become a nexus for expert knowledge and action to address how climate change will impact global health.

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GSU art professor helps resculpt Alaska’s plastic ocean trash for CDC museum art

Beach season alert: The persistence of marine debris, carried by enormous ocean currents, inspired the provocative sculptures and assemblages at the odd museum in CDC headquarters. If you swim in the ocean or admire its immense power, seek out “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” before it closes June 16 at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. GSU distinguished art professor Pam Longobardi fashioned a giant cornucopia titled “Dark and Plentiful Bounty,” the largest and most complex sculpture of her career. It features only a fraction of the tons of trash gathered from remote inlets in Alaska—garbage that became the palette for the 25 artists in this exhibit.

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Pin color shifts blue to pink as focus moves from prostate to breast cancer

Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden is preparing to change his lapel pin from a light blue ribbon to a pink ribbon.

At the ARC meeting last week, someone commented that Oden’s pin wasn’t pink, to recognize October as breast cancer awareness month. Oden responded that his blue pin recognizes September as prostate cancer awareness month, and he would change to a pink pin on Oct. 1.

Awareness pins are a subtle but stark reminder that Georgia leads the nation in the rates by which individuals developed or died from prostate or breast cancer in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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What to do with a rabid cat

Until you’ve been chased by an animal that’s foaming at the mouth, you haven’t really experienced the terror of rabies. 

Recent reports of potentially rabid animals threatening humans have reminded me of my own encounter with a rabid cat that I trapped with a recycling bin in my DeKalb County backyard just as it leapt to attack me. While it sounds like a freak occurrence, it’s surprisingly common especially during our warmest months, and it’s dead serious.

Last Thursday, a 13-year-old boy strangled a fox that had bit him. He’s receiving precautionary anti-rabies treatment pending the outcome of tests to determine if the animal was rabid.

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Gates Foundation to give $28.8 million to Task Force for Global Health

The Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health has received a five-year $28.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a support center for neglected tropical diseases.

The grant will enable the newly-established Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center to collaborate with other partners around the world to address gaps in research. The center will coordinate with partners to implement the research agenda for these diseases, while ensuring the quick translation of new solutions into the program policy.

The Gates grant will be officially announced on Tuesday, Feb. 5.