What we’re reading: Training drives public health and pandemic preparedness

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Do we want another Spanish influenza pandemic? How can improving opportunities for educational loan repayment improve domestic and global health security and prevent future pandemics? In a look back at more than 60 years of contributions from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, this opinion piece by one its alumnae makes a powerful argument that the supporting training opportunities and building the agency’s disease detective force will be critical to preparing for the next pandemic. Noting that the stakes are even higher than they were when the Spanish Flu pandemic circled the globe a century ago, Dr. Jeffrey Duchin of Seattle’s public health department writes that Congress has the opportunity to build the health workforce needed by including student loan repayment for service with the EIS in its reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act.

Meet the man leading the charge against the global HIV/AIDS epidemic – Dr. Tedd Ellerbrock, who also got his start in the CDC’s EIS talks here about the opportunities that training gave him to be involved in saving millions of lives and why global heath security is “good business for the United States.”

New CDC director predicts U.S. can end AIDS epidemic within seven years – With a lack of public health experience and a past that includes controversial stances as well as claims about an infeffective vaccine against HIV, Dr. Robert Redfield, the latest administration pick to lead the CDC comes to the position surrounded by questions. Here, STAT coverage of his introduction to CDC staff answers some of those questions, noting his emphasis on evidence and preparedness.

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