Summit on Public Health

Summit on Public Health

Tales from the Front Lines: How CDC's Elite Disease Detectives Risk Their Lives to Protect Yours

Friday, January 31, 2014 / 2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

CDC is America's 9-1-1 responder to health security threats. When the call comes in, members of the elite Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) ship out at a moment's notice to wherever they're needed - from Bakersfield to Botswana to Bhutan. Whether applied to an infectious disease, deliberate attack or other emergency, CDC's expertise in preparedness, rapid detection and response saves lives and safeguards the world. Indeed, the agency's most important achievements are the outbreaks that didn't happen and the diseases that were stopped before they crossed our borders. Those lives protected often can't be counted, and they don't make the news. Nor do the stories of the brave men and women who carry out that work. You'll hear them today.


Michael Bell

Deputy Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC


Robyn Neblett Fanfair

Epidemiologist, CDC

Andrea McCollum

Epidemiologist, CDC

Jennifer McQuiston

Veterinary Medical Officer, CDC

Tyler Sharp

Epidemiologist, CDC

Rachel Smith

Medical Epidemiologist, CDC

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