In 1997, the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Inc., Atlanta, wrote, produced and disseminated an activities and curriculum guide to help teach high school students about public health threats, issues, and practices.
The guide accompanied Superstation TBS's April 1997 broadcast of a documentary based on Laurie Garrett's book about emerging infectious diseases, The Coming Plague.
Schools across the United States received 40,000 study guides free of charge. Study guides were also sent to 600 school-based health centers with which RWJF has worked in the past.The guide covered:
The educational outreach plan had six goals, all of which were achieved:
The CDC Foundation collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Turner Learning (the educational unit of Turning Broadcasting System), and TBS (the cable broadcaster).