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The CDC’s Banned Words and The Effects on Public Health

On December 15, 2017, The Washington Post reported that policy analysts and officials of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been informed of a new list of words that were prohibited from being used in their 2019 Presidential budget documents. The seven-word list consisted of vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. The origin of the ban is unknown, but it’s believed to have come from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who composes the CDC’s annual budget. In certain cases, CDC budget analysts were given suggested rewordings such as replacing “evidence-based” with “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.” This ban comes at a time of massive budget cuts under the Trump administration. The CDC’s 2018 budget proposal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Disparities, Prenatal Health, Prevention, Reproductive Health, Uncategorized, Zika Virus

Risk communication: A balancing act

Risk communication: A balancing act

In public health, a great deal of time is spent “trying to communicate to people what they should be worried about and how to minimize the risks that they might face,” says Nancy Allen, MPH ‘05, Instructor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. This facet of public health is known as risk communication. As Allen notes, public health professionals must pair scientific evidence with public relations … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cancer, Emergency Preparedness, Influenza, Prevention, Zika Virus

From A to Zika

From A to Zika

Amidst a battle with the Zika virus, we observe February as International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. Pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant are being warned about the possible link to microcephaly in infants born to women who have contracted the Zika virus. The Zika outbreak has been classified as a global public health emergency at a “level 1” status by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Level 1, the highest, has only … Read entire article »

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness, Prenatal Health, Zika Virus