Federal Agency Educational Resources: CDC

The Education Techie reviews tech tools and websites that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at some of the online educational resources offered by federal agencies of the U.S. government. Today's article explores the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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What Resources Are Available?

The CDC maintains a website with a section of health education resources for teachers, parents, students and healthcare practitioners. The site also features information for communities and Spanish-language materials. Some health topics, such as youth smoking prevention and HIV/AIDS education, are covered in more depth than others.

As is common with federal agency sites, the CDC's education page features a lot of colorful, fun, interactive information for young kids. The website does, though, also have an impressive array of resources for adults. Below are some features I found interesting.

Fellowships and Internships

The CDC, like many other federal agencies, offers online information for students interested in fellowships and internships. Diverse positions are available for college, graduate, medical and veterinary students. The site provides useful information about opportunities, the work they entail, eligibility requirements and application procedures.

With the right credentials, you can become an intern or fellow with the CDC in health science areas like environmental health, global health, lab research, epidemiology and public health. There are also career and post-doctoral fellowships available to non-students who have completed the necessary education. These fellowships target professionals in public health, lab science and medicine.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

The NCHS page on the CDC's website is a great resource for information about health in the United States. The information here could be useful for teachers creating lesson plans and students doing research for assignments. Users can look up statistics on a variety of topics, including specific diseases.

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I clicked on the link for information about diabetes and found statistical information about morbidity, healthcare and mortality related to the disease. Each statistic is accompanied by identifying information that can be cited, and most statistics have a link to the studies from which they originated.

Science Ambassador Program

This program is designed to allow middle and high school science educators to work with the CDC in developing science curricula that focus on epidemiology and public health issues. Interested teachers can apply to attend a Science Ambassador workshop at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta. During the workshop, teachers tour CDC facilities and work with education professionals to develop lesson plans and gain insight on public health topics. The website provides info on workshop dates, eligibility and application requirements.

Where Can I Find These Resources?

You can visit the CDC's homepage for an overview view of what the site offers, or you can go to the site's education section for faster access to the features discussed in this article.

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