The Middle School welcomed a group of CDC Commissioned Corp Officers for the first of two visits on Thursday, Nov. 21. Under the CDC’s PACE EH (Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health) initiative, the scientists visited the Academy’s seventh grade science classes to discuss disease transmission, lead an interactive lesson about germs, and talk about their careers as science professionals. Woodward was the first school in Atlanta visited as part of the PACE initiative.
“CDC welcomes the opportunity to partner with Woodward Academy and share information about the work we do and its impact on the public’s health,” said Margaret A. Riggs, CDR, US Public Health Service. “CDC’s Commissioned Corp Officers are very excited that the Academy’s seventh graders are participating in the Prevention Through Active Community Engagement. We believe that opportunities like this one have the potential to change lives and inspire careers in public health.”
During their second visit, which is scheduled to take place in the spring, the scientists will speak to seventh grade students about PACE initiatives, addressing several public health topics including drug use, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
“The visit from these professionals connects our students to the content we study throughout the semester with real-world applications,” said Middle School science teacher Jessica Parsons. “Our partnership with the CDC will allow Woodward students to see science in action and to make meaningful connections with science professionals from our country’s premier infectious disease research center.”
Visiting CDC Commissioned Corp Officers include: Margaret A. Riggs, Ph.D., MPH, MS, Shane P. Davis, Ph.D., Erika C. Odom, Ph.D., MS, Shalon M. Irving, Ph.D. MPH CHES, and Rashid Njai, Ph.D., MPH, HBHE.