Disease Intervention Specialist Training: An Evolving Part of the Public Health Workforce - Bio-Defense Network
Jun 2021

Disease Intervention Specialist Training: An Evolving Part of the Public Health Workforce

Disease intervention specialists (DIS) are an integral part of the public health workforce. Originally established in the field of STD prevention, DIS have increasingly been utilized in other program areas such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, and HIV linkage and re-engagement in care. During times of public health emergency, DIS are often called upon to assist. They are often the first person responding to a patient’s sexual health crisis and are responsible for confidentially notifying partners of exposure to a sexually transmitted infection and providing linkages to testing and treatment.

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