Infectious Disease


The ability for state health agencies to quickly detect and respond to infectious diseases depends on having a strong infrastructure in place. Infrastructure is the foundation for planning, delivering, and evaluating public health. State health agencies require effective and efficient systems for preventing infectious disease morbidity and mortality, ensuring control of outbreaks and vigilance against diminishing diseases, and preventing and responding to reemerging and emerging infectious disease threats. The goal of ASTHO's Infrastructure project is to increase awareness of and support for our members' critical infectious disease infrastructure programs.

Communications Toolkit: Making the Case for Infectious Disease Infrastructure

Making the Case for Infectious Disease Infrastructure

This toolkit was developed by Porter Novelli, in partnership with ASTHO, to assist state health agency staff in telling their stories about the importance of infectious disease infrastructure. The focus is on reaching the media as a channel to educate and engage all of the key audiences. It includes tools used to share stories with journalists, templates and samples to give you a jump start, and a message platform for some sample language. Through well-crafted messages and relevant data demonstrating impact, state health agencies can increase awareness and appreciation of infectious disease infrastructure.

ASTHO Resources

Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Disease Program (ELC)

The ELC program helps to strengthen national infectious disease infrastructure by providing funding to all 50 state health departments, 6 local health departments, Puerto Rico, and the Republic of Palau. ELC participants work to prevent, identify, and respond to new infectious diseases.

Emerging Infections Programs (EIP)

The EIP network is comprised of 10 state health departments (CA, CO, CT, GA, MD, MN, NM, NY, OR, TN) and acts as a national resource for surveillance, prevention, and control of emerging infectious disease. These state health departments collaborate with local health departments, laboratories, infection control professionals, healthcare providers, and federal agencies. EIP participants roughly represent the diverse United States population in terms of demographics, population density, and other health indicators.