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Becoming a Lecturer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addresses a wealth of health issues that can be integrated into core middle and high school science education curricula. The CDC Science Ambassador Program partners your public health expertise with that of current science educators to create innovative, relevant, and exciting lesson plans for middle and high school students. At the completion of the program, participating educators will have developed lesson plans based on subject matter expertise.

The CDC Science Ambassador Program is a chance for you to work directly with science educators, affect both educators and students in a positive manner, foster a passion for various public health programs in educators, and encourage students to seek public health careers. You will help develop a cadre of dynamic and committed public health professionals. CDC Science Ambassador Lecturer positions are open to CDC staff only.

What you will gain

  • An opportunity to help educators develop exemplary lesson plans
  • A partnership with the educational community
  • The opportunity to reach adolescents with important public health messages
  • A chance to integrate public health topics into core science education
  • A venue for a further relationship between yourself, educators, and students

Your role as a lecturer will require you to

  • Give a presentation on your health topic at the CDC Science Ambassador workshop
  • Participate in a discussion and lesson plan brainstorming session with participants following your presentation
  • Meet with teams of educators to provide scientific advice on lesson plan topics during the workshop
  • Review 1 to 2 lesson plans created by educators for scientific accuracy.

Past CDC Science Ambassador Topics and Lecturers

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Conditions of Urgent Public Health Catherine Rice, PhD
Birth Defects and Folic Acid Alina L. Flores, MPH, CHES
CDC and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Adam Brush, MSW, MPH
Diabetes and Public Health Speak: A Crash Course on the Public Health Aspect of Diabetes Pamela Allweiss, MD, MSPH
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Krista Biernath, Marcus Gaffney, and Marcia Victor, MPH
Epidemiology Adolfo Correa, MD, MPH, PhD
Epidemiology of Hereditary Blood Disorders and Genetic Hemophilia A and B Vanessa Byams, Nicole Dowling, and Stacy League
Epidemiology Outbreak Dave Erickson, DDS, MPH, PhD
Epidemiology Surveillance Laura Williams, MPH
Family History: A Disease Prevention Tool for Public Health and Preventive Medicine Paula Yoon, MPH, ScD
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Jacquelyn Bertrand, PhD and Louise Floyd, DSN, RN
Folic Acid: We Have Come a Long Way Baby Alina Flores, MPH, CHES
Gastroschisis Laura Williams, MPH
Gene Environment Interaction Cynthia Moore, MD, PhD
Genetic Testing Ridgely Fisk Green, MMSc, PhD
and Richard Olney, MD, MPH
Georgia Learning Connections Karen Muska, MS
Influencing Public Health: From Research to Policy Caroline Lagoy, MPH
Metropolitan Atlanta Congenital Defects Program Jim Kucik, MPH
Muscular Dystrophy Katherine Kolor, MS, PhD and Aileen Kenneson, MS, PhD
Public Health Technology Tom Savel, MD
Risk Factors for Birth Defects Peggy Honein, PhD, MPH and Jennita Reefhuis, PhD
Spanish Language Folic Acid Campaign Evaluation Survey Alina Flores, MPH, CHES
Statistics and Public Health Owen Devine, PhD
Surveillance and Epidemiology Jim Kucik, MPH
The Autism Spectrum Disorders: Conditions of Urgent Public Health Catherine Rice, PhD
The Sponge Years: Cognitive and Behavioral Development During Early Childhood Carla White, MPH

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