Volume 2, Number 2—April 1996
News and Notes
CDC Foundation Supports Emerging Infectious Disease Projects
The National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Inc. (NFCDC), a not-for-profit corporation established by Congress to support CDC’s mission, announced in August 1995 that one of its initial funding efforts would be in the area of antibiotic-resistant diseases.
Also in the area of infectious diseases, NFCDC has recently received a gift from a Pennsylvania foundation to establish fellowships for two representatives from nongovernmental organizations to spend 1 month at CDC learning about the agency’s AIDS/HIV support services and activities and advising CDC on the type of support nongovernmental agencies need in this area.
The foundation creates new and enhanced financial and program partnerships between CDC and American and international businesses and industries, philanthropic organizations, foreign governments, international organizations, and concerned individuals. An initial grant of $1 million from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation was awarded to help establish NFCDC in Atlanta.
The NFCDC board of directors plans to first fund projects that reflect the following themes: 1) strengthening global health capacity; 2) promoting healthy lifestyle choices with initial emphasis on adolescent health; 3) improving the quality and communication of public health information, with initial emphasis on development of information technology and networks; and 4) promoting prevention in health care delivery systems, in particular, managed-care systems.
According to foundation executive director Charlie Stokes, tax-deductible gifts to NFCDC represent an investment in CDC’s efforts to address current or emerging health problems that threaten U.S. citizens and citizens of the world. Gifts may be designated for a specific purpose or be given without restriction to be used for CDC’s greatest needs. Federal employees can make gifts to the foundation through the annual Combined Federal Campaign.
For further information about NFCDC, contact: Charlie Stokes, Executive Director, NFCDC, The Hurt Building, 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 765, Atlanta, GA 30305; phone: 404-653-0790; fax: 404-653-0330; e-mail: email@example.com