Global Disease Detection: Technical Support Corps
CDC is one of the world’s leading public health agencies and the only U.S. government agency that can rapidly access the in-depth scientific expertise required to respond to complex disease outbreaks. The Global Disease Detection (GDD) program relies on CDC’s experts in highly specialized areas to ensure important ancillary support and response to public health emergencies are available without regard to
usual work hours or holiday schedules.
In 2008, GDD established a cadre of dedicated experts, the Technical Support Corps (TSC),
based at CDC headquarters to provide tactical support to the GDD Centers on an as-needed basis and not delay routine public health work
or exhaust more stable resources.
- Provides 24/7 support to the GDD Centers
- Allows the routine work of public health to continue despite periodic emergency responses
- Facilitates reliable and robust headquarters support to the GDD Centers in the case of prolonged or complex emergencies
TSC members collectively possess a wide range of expertise in each of the GDD core capacities, including laboratory diagnosis of viral and bacterial infectious diseases, epidemiological investigation and control of diarrheal illnesses, pandemic preparedness and emergency communication, laboratory systems, and risk communications. They are well-positioned to provide assistance and scientific support in responding to the full range of emerging diseases. TSC members represent these CDC centers and offices:
- Center for Global Health
- National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
- National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
- Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services
- National Center for Environmental Health
- Office of Health and Safety