Kelly Holton

“Kelly Holton is the Chief Communications Officer for the CDC Travelers’ Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has developed a team dynamic and creative communication and public health professionals who provide scientific, research-based recommendations, tips and advice to international travelers, as well as the clinicians who advise them on their health care needs. Ms. Holton has held leadership roles in many public health emergency responses, including H1N1 influenza, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, H7N9 influenza, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Ebola, and Zika.

A globe trotter herself, Holton understands the needs of travelers. Under her leadership, the group provides and maintains a variety of resources for the public including several award-winning mobile apps to help travelers stay healthy and safe and social media channels dedicated to healthy travel. The Travelers’ Health website (www.cdc.gov/travel) continues to be among one of the most visited at the CDC. The team also publishes CDC Health Information for International Travel, the gold standard travel medicine reference that is used by clinicians around the world.

Ms. Holton has worked at CDC since 2000, spending the past 10 years focused on travel health. At CDC, Ms. Holton discovered the field of health literacy, which combines one of her lifelong passions (she was certified as a literacy tutor at 16) with her professional interests. She has had extensive training in health literacy and creating plain language health communication tools and enjoys the challenge of making scientific and medical information accessible to a variety of audiences. “

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