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August 15, 2018

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Take Action to Support Loan Repayment for Public Health

IDSA is successfully advancing a proposal in Congress to provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention new authority to offer loan repayment to individuals serving in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, an on-the-job training program in applied epidemiology that grooms future public health leaders. Many EIS officers are ID physicians who are crucial in responses to outbreaks and other public health emergencies. Unfortunately, in recent years, CDC has struggled to recruit physicians to EIS as significant medical student debt drives more physicians to more lucrative opportunities.

We need your help to get this proposal across the finish line!  Click here to take two minutes to contact your Senators.

Thanks to IDSA’s advocacy, this proposal has been included in the House of Representatives bill to reauthorize the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).  However, the proposal is not yet in the Senate version of this bill.  Please contact your Senators now to encourage them to advance this important proposal.

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