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Research Project Description

Muscular Dystrophy Communication Fellowship
Division of Human Development and Disability
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA


Project Description:

A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Rare Disorders and Health Outcomes (RDHO) team in the Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) within the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DHDD aims to lead public health in preventing disease and promoting equity in health and development of infants, children, youth and adults with or at risk for disabilities to live to the fullest potential. The selected participant will collaborate with a mentor and other RDHO scientists to coordinate the multi-site, population-based muscular dystrophy surveillance system. S/he may also have the opportunity to develop and implement a communications plan for the surveillance system. Specific opportunities may include:

  • Assisting RDHO staff in coordinating the multi-site muscular dystrophy surveillance system including, but not limited to, keeping a current contact list, building and maintaining a status list of research projects and scientific publications, and tracking action items and responsible parties
  • Participating in the planning and management of committee telephone meetings including helping RDHO staff to: coordinate scheduling and logistics, develop agendas, record and circulate minutes in a timely manner, and track action items and parties responsible
  • Aiding RDHO staff in planning program elements of in-person PI meetings including: developing agendas, collecting collating, preparing and circulating all documents before and after each meeting, tracking action items and parties responsible, providing tools such as planning checklist and other resources, and communicating with each surveillance site responsible for meeting logistics
  • Collaborating with CDC subject matter experts, health communications specialists and external partners to develop and implement a communications plan for the surveillance system
  • Assisting in the development of abstracts and presentations for professional meetings, and in writing scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Assisting external partners and RDHO staff in disseminating key research findings to stakeholders using a variety of CDC and partner communication channels across multiple media

The Research Participation Program for CDC is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


  • A Master’s degree in public health or health education/health promotion received in the last five years.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience in strategic health communications are desired.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of Please reference CDC-NCBDDD-2014-0084 in all communications.