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Annual EIS Conference - Reports From the Front Lines of Public Health

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold its 67th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference April 16-19, 2018, in Atlanta. The event showcases recent groundbreaking and often life-saving investigations by EIS officers—better known as CDC’s disease detectives.

This year, the conference includes several special sessions that will explore critical public health topics, including the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, the need for innovative use of “big data” in public health, the 1918 influenza centenary, and the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic.  Also featured will be four TED-style talks that give a unique, behind-the-scenes look at using geographic information systems (GIS) to conduct a vaccination campaign in Somalia, tracking, testing, and building lab capacity for Legionella, preventing HIV and the untold story of men who have sex with men in rural America, and discovering the inadequate nutritional value of food among incarcerated people during a foodborne outbreak investigation.

CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. (RADM U.S. Public Health Service), will open the conference with remarks on Monday morning, April 16.  On April 18, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., will give this year’s Alexander D. Langmuir Lecture on “Better Health through Better Partnerships.”

Below you’ll find more information on more than 20 featured presentations from this year’s conference, each with a photo of the officer, quote, and other resources for your use.

Contact Information

CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286
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Spokespersons

Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)

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Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)

Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)

“CDC’s EIS officers are our modern-day disease detectives. They work on the front lines, around the clock and around the world, applying 21st century tools to help protect Americans from deadly threats. We’re proud to showcase their groundbreaking, life-saving investigations at the annual EIS conference.”

Anne Schuchat, MD – Principal Deputy Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Rear Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service; EIS Officer, Class of 1988

Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)

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Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)

Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)

“When we think of the major public health emergencies of the last 50 years from the emergence of the HIV pandemic to the Ebola virus in west Africa to the ongoing opioid crisis affecting communities across the United States, CDC’s epidemic intelligence service officers have always been among the first on the scene. They serve as CDC’s disease detectives and go on to assume essential roles in public health.”

Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH – Branch Chief of the Epidemiology Workforce Branch; Chief of the EIS Program; EIS Officer, Class of 2005

Meet Rachel. She is an epidemiologist and part of CDC's elite team of disease detectives. When emergencies threaten the public's health, CDC will be there.  Anywhere, anytime.
Meet Brunie. She is one of CDC's disease detectives who responded after hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico.  No matter the threat, CDC will be there. Anywhere, anytime, 24-7
Meet Caitlin. She is a veterinarian and part of CDC's elite team of  disease detectives. No matter the threat, CDC will be there. Anywhere, anytime, 24-7
Meet Blanche. She is a doctor and part of CDC's elite team of disease detectives. No matter the threat, CDC will be there. Anywhere, anytime, 24-7

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