HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 1.7 - Reduce the Incidence and Impact of Infectious Diseases

09/29/2000

How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will provide financial and technical assistance to state and local infectious disease control programs. Doctor giving a child a shotOur priorities will be to:

  • develop and implement national data and information system standards for surveillance reporting of infectious diseases.

  • provide technical assistance to state and local health departments on how to collect and maintain epidemiological information that can rapidly detect, investigate, and monitor emerging pathogens, the diseases they cause, and the factors influencing their emergence.

  • provide funding and technical assistance to support screening and treatment for selected diseases at state and local health departments (e.g., sexually transmitted disease, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C Virus, and emerging infections).

  • provide funding and technical assistance to state and local health departments and hospitals in the surveillance, prevention, and control of antimicrobial resistance.

1.7 Implementation Strategies
  • Infectious Disease Control Programs
  • Syphilis Elimination
  • Tuberculosis Reduction
  • Increasing Vaccine Coverage
  • Polio and Measles Eradication
  • Research

We will provide emergency epidemic assistance to domestic and international partners in cases of disease outbreaks that are major public health concerns.

We will provide leadership for planning and implementing a comprehensive initiative for eliminating syphilis in the United States.

We will provide leadership for planning and implementing a comprehensive initiative for reducing tuberculosis (TB). Our strategy includes:

  • carrying out a major clinical trial on TB prevention, in conjunction with the Veterans Administration.

  • training physicians and other health care providers in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment.

  • implementing cooperative agreements with state and local health departments to maintain a TB prevention and control program in each state.

  • continuing collaboration with international partners to advance TB control activities relevant to the United States.

We will implement a strategy to increase vaccine coverage in the United States. Key elements of the strategy will include:

  • funding and technical assistance to health departments, health care providers, and other community organizations to administer vaccines against infectious diseases.

  • outreach to and education of the public about the efficacy and safety of vaccines, especially through Department and other federal programs.

We will provide technical assistance and support for HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and infrastructure development to country programs in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean/Latin America region.

We will maintain a program of technical assistance to other countries to support efforts to eradicate polio and control measles, to prevent the spread of those diseases to the United States.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:

ACF
AoA
CDC
FDA
HCFA
HRSA
IHS
NIH
OS
SAMHSA

We will fund research to:

  • develop new and improved diagnostic tests, drug therapies, vaccines and epidemiologic and laboratory methods for detecting, controlling, and preventing infectious diseases.

  • develop new monitoring tools needed to detect emerging infectious diseases.

  • study the relationship between drug abuse and the spread of infectious diseases to help develop more effective prevention strategies.

  • learn more about negative reactions to vaccines to improve vaccine safety and vaccination coverage levels.