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David Berendes, PhD, MSPH

Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*

David Berendes is an interdisciplinary epidemiologist on the Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Team of the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He also serves as the hand hygiene subject matter expert for both domestic and global settings. His research focuses on sanitation and hygiene-associated exposures and their impact on health, as well as the increasing role of the environment in transmitting antibiotic resistant organisms. He has a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Duke University and both an MSPH in Global Epidemiology and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Emory University.
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Schools Can Play an Important Role in Educating Children about Handwashing

4/24/2019

By David Berendes, PhD, MSPH

Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*

Anyone who has spent significant time around children knows that germs spread quickly in school settings and can make children sick. Handwashing education in schools is a low-cost way to keep children healthy and help improve school attendance. Our team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an article in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that highlights the links between income, illness, and missing school and the need for handwashing education in schools.

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