Expanding Training for the Disease Intervention Workforce



CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


United States

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With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), awarded through the “Improving Clinical and Public Health Outcomes through National Partnerships to Prevent and Control Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Disease Threats” program, JSI is working closely with the CDC Division of STD Prevention to develop new and expand existing training opportunities for the disease intervention workforce. Areas of focus include:

  • Implementing the Coaching for Enhanced Disease Intervention Skills (CEDIS) program 
  • Developing a comprehensive training program for DIS supervisors, inclusive of synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Developing new curricula to increase STD surveillance capacity, including a new course on syphilis staging

For decades, Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) have been the backbone of public health in the United States. DIS are public health professionals who use contact tracing and case investigation to prevent and control infectious diseases. While they started in the field of STIs and HIV, their investigative skills have expanded to include tuberculosis and hepatitis, as well as outbreak responses for anthrax, flu, measles, food-borne illnesses, Zika, Ebola, and COVID-19. DIS may also provide emergency response support after natural disasters. The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented number of people working in disease intervention as contact tracers and case investigators and a historic investment by the federal government to increase the size of the workforce and provide new training and professional development opportunities. 

Learn more about disease intervention and DIS.

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