The purpose of the Emerging Infections Programs (EIP) is to assist in local, state, and national efforts to prevent, control, and monitor the public health impact of infectious diseases.
The EIP cooperative agreement was formed in 1995 as a key component of CDC s national strategy to address and
reduce emerging infectious disease (EID) threats.
The EIP is a population-based network of state health agencies and their collaborators, including (but not limited to) academic institutions, local health departments, public health and clinical laboratories, infection control professionals, and healthcare providers.
The network plays a critical role in conducting surveillance and applied epidemiologic and laboratory research, implementing and evaluating prevention and intervention projects, and responding quickly to new infectious disease issues.
The unique strength of the EIP lies in the network s ability to quickly translate surveillance and research activities into informed policy and public health practice.