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Beyond the Data brings you “take home” messages for you to use in your practice, in your classroom and in your home.


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Science Impact

Dr. Tanja Popovic and Dr. Mary Ari discuss efforts to measure the impact of CDC science. This exciting project provides an opportunity for scientists to more efficiently track and monitor the impact of public health work on health outcomes. Why is this so important? The CDC Science Impact Framework:


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Preventing Youth Violence

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Howard Spivak discuss youth violence prevention strategies. Effective prevention should involve a combination of strategies that focus on several levels of influence:

  • Individual – wraparound services and mentorship
  • Parents – modeling proper conflict resolution
  • Community – development of green space and volunteerism activities
  • Policy – economic development and economic empowerment zones



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Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis: Tools for Tackling a New Face of an Old Foe

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Sarita Shah discuss the public health burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) and the new tools that are available for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of MDR TB. Revolutionary tests will allow for faster diagnosis and new drugs offer better treatment with fewer side effects, but patients and providers must also do their part to combat this health epidemic

Patients must:

  • Come to their providers in a timely fashion and
  • Complete the full course of treatment

Providers must:

  • Improve diagnosis and treatment of drug susceptible TB and
  • Emphasize proper Infection control practices



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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. John Iskander and Jon Baio discuss some of the complex challenges of understanding and diagnosing autism spectrum disorder. Most recent data shows that prevalence estimates have more than doubled and a much larger number of children are being diagnosed, while the median age of first diagnosis remains older than age 4. The greatest potential for long term impact in this area lies in earlier diagnosis, from older than 4 years old to 2 years old, and starting treatment sooner to get maximum benefit.


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