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About ITFAR

The Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR) was created in 1999 to coordinate the activities of federal agencies in addressing antimicrobial resistance (AR) in recognition of the increasing importance of AR as a public health threat.

The Task Force is co-chaired by:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Membership also includes:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS/ASPR)
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (HHS/OASH)

In 2001, the Task Force developed an initial Action Plan, entitled A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance, outlining specific issues, goals, and actions important for addressing the problem of AR.  The Action Plan has since been revised several times and  the most recent Action Plan can be found here.  All previous versions can be found in Archives.

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Members

Task Force Co-Chairs

Agency Member Title
FDA/DHHS Edward M. Cox, Jr., MD, MPH Office of Antimicrobial Products, CDER
  Patrick McDermott MS, PhD Director, National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, CVM
NIH/DHHS Dennis M. Dixon, PhD Chief, Bacteriology and Mycology Branch, DMID/NIAID
  Jane M. Knisely, PhD Program Officer, Bacteriology and Mycology Branch, DMID/NIAID
CDC/DHHS Steve Solomon, MD Director, Office of Antimicrobial Resistance, DHQP/NCEZID
  Jean Patel, PhD, D(ABMM) Deputy Director, Office of Antimicrobial Resistance, DHQP/NCEZID

Agency/Department Representatives

Agency Member Title
AHRQ/DHHS William. B. Baine, MD Senior Medical Advisor, Center for Outcomes and Evidence
ASPR/DHHS Joe Larsen, PhD Chief, Broad Spectrum Antimicrobials (BSA) Program
CMS/OCSQ Karen Nakano, M.D., M.S. Medical Officer, DHMM/QMHAG
HRSA/DHHS Paul D. Moore, DPh Senior Health Policy Advisor, Office of Rural Health Policy
OASH/DHHS Don Wright, M.D., M.P.H. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Healthcare Quality
USDA Eileen Thacker, DVM, PhD, DACVM National Program Leader, Animal Health
DoD James F. Cummings, MD, FACP FIDSA Director, GEIS
DVA Gary Roselle, MD National Director, VHA National Infectious Diseases Service (NIDS)
EPA
Susan Jennings, M.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs

Consulting Members

Agency Member Title
FDA/DHHS
Wanda Russ Policy Analyst, Office of Executive Secretariat
USDA
Neena Anandaraman, DVM, MPH, DACVPM Veterinary Epidemiologist , Applied Epidemiology Division
DVA
Stephen Kralovic, MD, MPH Deputy Director, VHA National Infectious Diseases Service (NIDS)
DVA
Allison Kelly, MD Antimicrobial Stewardship Director, VHA National Infectious Diseases Service (NIDS)
DoD
Emil Lesho, DO, FACP Director, MSRN, WRAIR
DoD Paige Waterman, MD Assistant Director, MSRN, WRAIR

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Archives

Action Plans

Archived Progress Reports

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