CDC Foundation

CDC Foundation

Dr. Monroe, president and CEO, CDC Foundation | Keynote speech

Dr. Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation, has dedicated her career to protecting people and saving lives. Join us on November 19, 9 am (EST) as Dr. Monroe gives a keynote speech on 'Responding to a global pandemic and how we crush COVID'.

In her work at the CDC Foundation, Dr. Monroe advances priority programs that improve the health of people across America and around the world. The CDC Foundation mobilizes philanthropic and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection work, managing hundreds of programs in the United States and in more than 140 countries.

"Philanthropic and private sector support through individuals, organizations and corporations is critical for use alongside government funding to meet needs that arise in rapidly evolving situations where speed and flexibility are paramount to saving and protecting lives."
Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO, CDC Foundation
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About the CDC Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic is again accelerating and hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost in America. The novel coronavirus is the greatest threat of our time to our health and the global economy, and it spares no one. All of us are at risk.

The CDC Foundation is working closely with public health authorities across the country to respond to the ongoing, rapidly increasing pandemic.

Thanks to its donors, the CDC Foundation has been meeting critical needs in the COVID-19 response. This includes distributing over 7 million pieces of personal protective equipment for frontline workers, providing laboratory and medical equipment and testing support, hiring more than 900 surge staff for health departments, sponsoring national communication campaigns, aiding long-term care facilities and community-based organizations serving marginalized populations, and supporting much-needed research.

Can you tell us a bit more about the CDC Foundation and your role?

The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization created by Congress to raise support to extend CDC’s lifesaving work, in normal times as well as during emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. My role as president and CEO is to lead the Foundation in creating partnerships between CDC and the philanthropic and private sectors and launch public health protection programs to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.

How is CDC Foundation responding to the Covid-19 crisis?

In late January the CDC Foundation activated our Emergency Response Fund to provide support to rapidly emerging needs for COVID-19. The funds raised are being used to meet needs identified by CDC as well as local and state health departments to help respond to the public health threat posed by this novel virus.

What will you cover in your keynote address at Risk USA?

In my keynote address I will provide an update on where things stand with COVID-19, and how we can work together to crush COVID.

What are you concerned about, and what are you positive about?

I’m concerned about getting the pandemic under control now with more people wearing masks and socially distancing and concerned about the acceptance of a SARS CoV-2 vaccine. In addition, I have two other primary concerns. One relates to the need for greater investment in our public health infrastructure both during and after the pandemic and the second is addressing our society’s health inequities for people of color that the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare. I am inspired by all that we are learning in the midst of this pandemic, and I am hopeful that out of this we will rise stronger both in our public health infrastructure and in providing access to health care to all individuals.

The CDC Foundation, a nonprofit organization, helps serve ALL OF US, all of the many needs that arise during an emergency response that the federally-funded CDC cannot cover. As one person, one country, one world, ALL OF US will be the response. Please give, share and unite to combat coronavirus NOW!


Your donation will:

  • support frontline responders
  • help communities prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19
  • increase laboratory capacity to keep pace with increasing demand for staffing, specialized equipment and supplies, specimen collection and delivery
  • deploy emergency staffing with the skills required to meet the needs on the front lines at the state and local level
  • provide support to marginalized communities, including people with underlying health conditions and those who are homeless
  • develop health education and awareness campaigns to combat misinformation, advance prevention and reduce stigma
  • boost clinical tools to improve health outcomes
  • develop new technology tools and update existing disease surveillance systems
  • build capacity and infrastructure for global response efforts and other immediate needs as they evolve