On June 18, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services were awarded 59 jurisdictionpdf icon with $ 200 million to strengthen support and improve the workforce of intervention specialists (DIS). These awards represent the initial funding of $ 1.13 billion of investment made over the next five years, according to Practice of the American Rescue Plan in 2021external icon, and will give this jurisdiction to public health programs and CDC the support necessary to expand and implement the important work of DIS.
“Disease intervention specialists have helped stop diseases that infect America for decades, and this fund is based on expertise for a stronger, healthier America,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “This critical investment to recruit and train the experts needed to end this pandemic and prevent the next phase is part of our larger effort to rebuild the public health infrastructure in the United States. States to ensure the health of all Americans is protected for future generations. ”
At its sources, the CDC will strengthen DIS workers so that the U.S. can continue to respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and other infectious diseases. Specifically, it will allow health departments to increase their capacity to be able to investigate disease (case investigation and contact tracking), relation to prevention and treatment, case management and administration, and outbreak response for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Complete with initial funding, the CDC also aims to 1) increase training opportunities for DIS with the skills they need as they enter the field and 2) improve innovation in the way we deliver services to companion.
DIS has been instrumental in their effort to intervene in the spread of COVID-19 outbreaks by using their tried and true methods developed over many years of work preventing sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, HIV, TB and other infectious diseases. The additional funding will allow jurisdictions to expand, train, and retain Dis staff to support COVID-19 prevention and response, including state, tribal, local, or territorial health departments.