CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service Celebrates 50 Years in 2001

    • January 12, 2004

The Epidemic Intelligence Service headquartered at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2001.

The Epidemic Intelligence Service is a two-year, postgraduate program that trains physicians and other health professionals in skills necessary to investigate infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics.

Known as CDC's "disease detectives, officers have helped identify and control hundreds of disease outbreaks, including toxic shock syndrome, Legionnaires' disease, the ebola and AIDS viruses and, most recently, anthrax.

Key Results

  • The CDC Foundation held the anniversary gala January 11, 2001 in New York City, with 300 attendees representing philanthropic and foundation partners, health organization partners, business and corporate collaborators and friends of the CDC Foundation

  • The celebration included a five-minute documentary video—entitled To Move People's Hearts—about the Epidemic Intelligence Service developed for the anniversary program.

  • Project staff developed and distributed 65 press kits about the Epidemic Intelligence Service and the gala event, as well as separate news releases about four recipients of the Champion of Prevention Award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to public health.