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African Americans in Public Health

Not all of our best story ideas are about diseases and health issues. Inspire your readers by featuring the story of CDC's African-American employees, who bring their experience and culture to their work in public health at CDC. They come from all over the world to work as economists, microbiologists, epidemiologists, scientists and administrators. Here are just a few stories of CDC's African-American employees working at the forefront of public health:

Disease Detectives on the Go: CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service

Epidemic Intelligence Service OfficersHere are a few female disease detectives who work on diverse health issues ranging from HIV and AIDS, global health, rabies, heart disease and stroke, and physical activity. From Left to Right: Christina Dorell, MD, MPH; Nykiconia Preaceley, DrPH, MPH; Kis Robertson, DVM, MPH; Ashleigh May, PhD, MS; Latetia Moore, PhD, MSPH.

What do puzzles and public health have in common? CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service. EIS officers, also known as disease detectives, are experts at putting together the puzzle pieces of public health. Numbering more than 2,700 worldwide, the EIS is a 2-year postgraduate program for health professionals interested in epidemiology. Epidemiology, or detecting diseases, is one of the most important aspects of public health. EIS officers come from all over, approximately 20 current officers are from countries other than the United States, and approximately 60 percent are women. People of color and minorities make up 25 to 30 percent of each class and contribute by working on diverse health issues from all across the agency.

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