Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Division of STD Prevention, National Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STD & TB Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, NE
As a Health Communication Specialist in CDC's Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP), Ms. Friedman has directed national campaigns to raise awareness of STDs and their potential consequences, reduce STD-associated stigma, and promote STD prevention and screening. As the director of CDCís HPV Awareness and Education Effort, she led the consumer research, development, testing and dissemination of educational and training products for health care providers, HPV-positive patients, and general and culturally-diverse members of the public. She is currently directing DSTDP's National Chlamydia Screening Social Marketing Effort and DSTDPís African-American Health Disparities Social Marketing Research project, and is actively involved in the development and implementation of CDC's National STD Awareness Month activities. Ms. Friedman regularly provides technical assistance and consultation to national, state and local STD communication efforts. She has won awards at CDC for her contributions to HPV communications, minority health programs and efforts to address STD disparities, and program collaboration and service integration.
Prior to her career at CDC, Allison spent four years in Washington DC, working in public health policy at the World Federation for Public Health Associations (WFPHA), and in behavioral health and communication research at the National Academy of Scienceís Institute of Medicine (IOM). Ms. Friedman earned a Master of Science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health (2003) with a focus on health communication and behavioral health.
Areas of expertise include: Health communication; social marketing; STD communication; social & behavioral determinants of health.