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National Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) Recognition Day

October 5, 2018

DIS remain the backbone of public health in the United States. They wear many hats and take on many roles to protect people across the nation. Whether tackling STD prevention, tuberculosis outbreak response, HIV exposure notification, or emergency response – DIS bring a special set of skills and level of dedication matched by few in the field. We are honored for the opportunities to work alongside them and to call them our colleagues. Today, we honor you, DIS, and all that you do in the name of public health.

National Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Recognition Day

A Message to DIS from CDC

2018 DIS Day Letter [PDF – 143 KB] – from Dr. Mermin, NCHHSTP Director, and Dr. Bolan, STD Director

DIS in Action

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STD Outreach in Action: Crossing the Country to Stop an HIV & Viral Hepatitis Outbreak [PDF – 742 KB]

Two Virginia Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) use their STD prevention skills to help halt an outbreak in Indiana.




Changing the Story of Syphilis

Changing the Story of Syphilis [PDF – 211 KB]

Two stories of Kansas and Washington State public health programs going the extra mile to prevent and treat syphilis.




Connecting to Care Building Hope

Connecting to Care. Building Hope [PDF – 155 KB]

DIS success stories about HIV from Hawaii and Tennessee.

About DIS: Information from Prevention Partners

This video provides a great overview of the need, process, and status of the DIS Certification Project.

This infographic explains what STD contact tracing is, why it’s important, and the role DIS play in making it happen.