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The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) trains disease detectives working on the public health front lines as they manage infectious disease investigations and conduct research both nationally and internationally. Donations to the EIS Fund support the EIS Alumni Association in their efforts to not only support the alumni of the program through the development of collaboration tools and hosting of networking events, but also in their efforts to help recruit and educate future disease detectives.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) EIS program is a unique 2-year post-graduate training program of service and on-the-job learning for health professionals interested in the practice of applied epidemiology. Since 1951, over 3,000 EIS officers have responded to requests for epidemiologic assistance within the United States and throughout the world.
The Epidemic Intelligence Service Alumni Association represents nearly 3,500 EIS graduates worldwide and provides the means for alumni to connect with the EIS program and other former EIS officers. Only former EIS graduates are eligible to join.
The EIS Alumni Association has been charged with raising awareness of the EIS program and its important and critical work in public health. It also helps foster a spirit of loyalty to the EIS program through its communications and award activities. Each year members are encouraged to nominate individuals for the Friend of EIS Award, which is awarded to a person who has made significant contributions to the EIS program and its participants. Additionally, the Association’s Executive Committee reviews submissions and selects a winner for the prestigious Alexander D. Langmuir Prize. This award is presented annually to an EIS officer who submits the most outstanding manuscript covering an epidemiologic investigation or study. Other activities include conducting the annual EIS Alumni Association business meeting to be held in conjunction with the EIS Annual Conference, as well as general support of the EIS Program Office.
A partnership between Marguerite Pappaioanou, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM. and the CDC Foundation has created the Pappaioanou Veterinary Public Health and Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Fund. The fund will support fellowships for competitively selected veterinarians and 3rd and 4th year veterinary medical students with opportunities in an applied hands-on training experience in epidemiology, public health, global health, or one health (bridging human, animal, and environmental health). Each fellow will spend up to one full year at CDC working on a U.S.-focused or global public health project.
At this time, the Fund is supporting a fellowship in the CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship program. More information about that program, including application instructions, can be found by visiting:
Veterinarians who pursue public health careers apply their comparative medical educations to keep humans, animals, and the environment we all share, healthy.
Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou, a senior epidemiologist and veterinarian, currently serves as CDC’s Liaison to the Food and Drug Administration for Food Safety. She has over 30 years of experience working on domestic and global public issues, including 22 plus years as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Beginning in 1983 at CDC, Dr. Pappaioanou assessed the effectiveness of malaria drugs in African national malaria control programs; led in the design and implementation of the family of HIV seroprevalence surveys; directed a USAID funded global capacity building Data for Decision Making Project to strengthen evidence based policies and programs in Africa, Asia, and South America; actively supported field epidemiology training programs and launched CDC’s support of the Guide to Community Preventive Services—What Works to Promote Health. As associate director for science and policy in CDC’s Office of Global Health, she coordinated many of CDC’s international programs and co-coordinated CDC’s international response to the SARS and avian influenza outbreaks in 2003.
Upon retiring from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service in 2005, she moved to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, as professor of infectious disease epidemiology, with a joint appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine. There she led NIH- and CDC- funded research programs focused on surveillance for emerging zoonotic infectious diseases at the human-animal interface. In 2007, she joined the Association of American Veterinary Colleges for four years as executive director. Just prior to rejoining CDC in 2013, she served as senior One Health technical advisor to the USAID funded Emerging Pandemic Threats/RESPOND Project at the global development company, DAI, Inc. in Bethesda, MD.
Throughout her career, Dr. Pappaioanou has studied and applied the interconnectedness of human and animal health to improve global health. Dr. Pappaioanou recognizes that veterinarians are uniquely equipped to work at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health, and she enthusiastically encourages aspiring veterinarians to pursue exciting and rewarding careers in public health—both domestically and globally.
I am thrilled that through this fund veterinarians will have support to pursue exciting opportunities at CDC to improve human health and well being, and the environment in which we all live.
Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc, ASG/RADM (Ret.), USPHS, contributed a legacy of extraordinary leadership to CDC and unyielding dedication and contributions to the field of epidemiology and to public health science. This fund honors Dr. Thacker's life and service to public health as well as his passion for the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Your gift will help support EIS and CDC’s Disease Detective Camps for high school students. This fund also supports the prestigious Stephen B. Thacker Champion Award, which is given out each year at the EIS Conference, as well as supports special projects on an as-needed basis for the Stephen B. Thacker Library at CDC.
Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc, ASG/RADM (Ret.), USPHS, contributed a legacy of extraordinary leadership to CDC and unyielding dedication and contributions to the field of epidemiology and to public health science, including helping to identify Legionnaires disease. He was dedicated to his family, friends and community and is truly missed. Read his full bio
The Thacker Family established the Stephen B. Thacker Fund at the CDC Foundation to honor his legacy.