Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Pregnant Women and Infants: Data for Action

September 2018
crying baby

Emerging health threats are a concern for everyone, yet pregnant women and infants are particularly vulnerable. For example, infection with the Zika virus or having untreated syphilis during pregnancy can cause a miscarriage or devastating birth defects. These birth defects may include brain abnormalities, misshaped bones and hearing loss. The timely identification and understanding of these emerging health threats and others, such as the opioid epidemic, allow communities to act early to protect mothers and babies.

Preventing Childhood Obesity – Eating Better, Moving More

August 2018
childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States. Nearly 1 in 5 children and adolescents have obesity. Children with obesity are at risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and breathing problems. Additionally, children who have obesity are most likely to become adults with obesity. Most children spend time in care outside of their home, making Early Care and Education (ECE) settings and schools some of the best places to reach children with obesity prevention efforts.

NAS – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

August 2016, Drug Use, Maternal Health

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) occurs when newborn babies experience withdrawal after being exposed to drugs in the womb. It can occur with illicit and prescription drugs, including prescription opioids. Find out what CDC is doing with state and local partners to develop better opioid prescribing policies.

Skin Cancer

April 2015, Cancer, Chronic Disease
Two young girls wearing sunglasses

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting 5 million individuals each year. The two most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are highly curable, but can be disfiguring and costly. Melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is the deadliest kind of skin cancer, resulting in more than 9,000 deaths each year. Most cases of skin cancer are preventable, but despite efforts to address risk factors, skin cancer rates have continued to increase in the United States and worldwide.

What is Grand Rounds?

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly scientific presentation featuring the important work that CDC is doing in the United States and around the world to protect people and save lives.  Experts discuss major public health issues, key challenges, cutting-edge scientific evidence, potential solutions, and recent developments. Each session is the result of a rigorous process which takes months to prepare. This attention to detail ensures that our audiences receive up-to-date, scientifically accurate, and usable information. Grand Rounds welcomes clinicians, researchers, students of public health, medicine and nursing, and the public that we serve to attend in person or watch the live webcast. Did you miss the live session?  No worries! We invite you to watch Grand Rounds on our “On Demand” page where we archive each session for your convenience. Free Continuing Education is available for most topics.

Watch Grand Rounds Live!

September 18, October 23, and November 13.

Got a Question?

Do You Know?

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month! Learn about Sickle Cell Disease.

Learn the Answer

Stay Up to Date

Receive the latest updates from Public Health Grand Rounds right to your email by signing up today.

Sign Up

Continuing Education

Registration is not required to watch the live webcast of Grand Rounds.

For more information regarding the following, please visit the Grand Rounds Continuing Education page.

  • Continuing Education Accreditation statements
  • Disclosure
  • Instructions for receiving continuing education

For issues regarding obtaining continuing education credits, please email

Learn More

  • Page last reviewed: April 27, 2018
  • Page last updated: September 10, 2018
  • Content source:
    • Office of the Associate Director for Science
    • Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication