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Former ASPPH/CDC Fellow Publishes in MMWR on Sexual Violence in the Media

Former ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellow, Dr. Olivia Egen (DrPH, East Tennessee State University College of Public Health) was recently published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The report, Sexual Violence in the Media: An Exploration of Traditional Print Media Reporting in the United States, 2014–2017, discussed the work she completed during her ASPPH fellowship in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Division of Violence Prevention/Research and Evaluation Branch.

Dr. Egen’s research looked at a variety of articles from traditional print media outlets and how they reported on sexual violence. She found that regional and temporal differences existed the in types of sexual violence covered, media language used, and outcomes reported in news story coverage in 2017, compared with that from 2014 to 2016. As she points out, “Through cross-sectoral collaboration and use of the Sexual Violence Media Guide language suggestions, media, public health practitioners, and communities can work together to effectively use best practices to report on sexual violence, emphasize sexual violence as preventable, and frame sexual violence as a public health issue.”

ASPPH would like to thank Dr. Egen’s CDC mentor, Dr. Laura Kollar, for working closely with Dr. Egen on this project and making this publication possible.

To learn more about the ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship Program, please visit the ASPPH website or email