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The Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores cutting-edge scientific evidence and potential impact of different interventions. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss the recommendations for future research and practice.

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Please join us for our next session on Autism which will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1pm, EDT.

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Global prevalence of autism has increased twenty- to thirty-fold since the earliest studies 40–50 years ago. Just-published CDC data shows an estimated prevalence of 1 in 68 children affected by an autism spectrum disorder. ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, and is almost five times more common among boys than girls. Tracking and diagnosing ASD can be difficult, since there is no single biological marker, and diagnostic criteria have recently changed. Although signs may appear early in life, many children with ASD do not receive a final diagnosis until they are over the age of 4. This delay means that children with ASD and their families might not get the help they need during the most critical periods of development.

Please join us to discuss the challenges of understanding and diagnosing this complex disorder and the opportunities for early identification and screening.
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Free Continuing Education Opportunities

Registration is not required to watch the live webcast of Grand Rounds; however, you must register for continuing education credits. Continuing education registration is only accessible after the event has concluded. The course code is PHGR10.

Thirty days from the initial session the course number will change to WD2346.

After you have registered, look for Grand Rounds under the “CDC Courses” link under “Search and Register." For technical issues regarding Continuing Education and CDC Grand Rounds, please email

Upcoming Public Health Grand Rounds Topics

  • May 20, 2014 - PrEP for Prevention of HIV
  • June 17, 2014 - Hepatitis C

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