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Tuesday, April 3, 2001

Dear Reader:

As proud sponsor of the daily HIV, STD, and TB Prevention News Update, the Office of Communications in CDC's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention routinely hears from many of you about how valuable this information resource has become over the years- and continues to be today. The reach and impact of CDC's Prevention News Update has grown well beyond what we imagined when it was first produced and distributed over a decade ago. It now brings important information daily to tens of thousands around the world who work in HIV, STD, and TB prevention and/or control.

As we all know, advocacy for prevention and control programs takes place on a national level, as does framing important and often complex attendant issues, but the real work in prevention happens locally-community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, individual by individual. Beginning this week, the Prevention News Update will reflect a closer scrutiny and involvement with local news sources, including news about local activities. This local news will be coupled with expanded national and international news to bring you the most comprehensive Update possible, given the time constraints of a daily report. Like the prior version, the new Update will be available online and will also be emailed to our listserv members each weekday by 2 p.m.

You'll also notice that we have a new format that was designed to help you navigate the new Update more efficiently.

We'd like to hear from you about how the Prevention News Update meets your information needs, or if you have any suggestions on how we can further improve it. There will be an email link on each Update to make it easier for you to email your comments directly to our contractor, who will pass them along to the Office of Communications. Please take the time to let us know what you think.

As always, we are mindful that those of you who are fighting TB, HIV, and other STDs locally are, in truth, the front line of our nation's defense. CDC is committed to improving the ways in which specific, timely, and appropriate information can assist you in this important work.


Melissa Beech Shepherd
Associate Director for Communications
Director, Office of Communications
CDC National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP)

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