Disease Investigation, Surveillance, and Control Activities of the Center for Disease Control

HRD-79-54: Published: Mar 13, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1979.

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Epidemiological activities of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) concerning management of Disease Investigation, Surveillance, and Control (DISC) activities were reviewed.

Planning, administration, and evaluation of DISC activities and the management of its Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Corps were found to be in need of improvement.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare should direct the CDC Director to: (1) set priorities for funding and carrying out all DISC activities based on the relative threat posed by disease conditions, the potential for control or reduction of disease, the economic feasibility, and the States' needs for assistance in dealing with disease problems; (2) budget and account for DISC activities by specific disease or disease group; (3) establish information systems and processes that will assess the quality of surveillance data for CDC and changes in the States' abilities to handle changing disease problems; (4) determine the need for the continued role of CDC in training epidemiologists and clearly identify the priority of its training program relating to the States' needs for assistance; (5) investigate the possibility of a career corps of epidemiologists to replace the current 2-year program; and (6) evaluate the potential for significantly greater use of lay epidemiologists instead of physicians in the EIS corps.

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