2 thoughts on “Learning to Become a Disease Detective: My Role as a Disease Intervention Specialist within a Local Health Department

  1. Mikela Colon
    January 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Ms. Hartley,

    I am a recent baccalaureate graduate from a Public Health program and I would like advice as to how I can become a DIS despite feeling like it’s too late. I graduated in the spring of 2016 with my B.S. in Public Health and wasn’t truly passionate about a specific area until I took an HIV class during my very last semester. It was then that I found out about DIS, but I wasn’t able to find any organization or department that would take me on as an intern because I would no longer be a student. Now, I am looking for work (preferably in the field of HIV) but find myself unappealing to employers due to my lack of experience. Do you have any advice on how to go about getting experience as a graduate so that I can realize my dream career?

  2. Duane Wilmot
    March 23, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Nice article. It actually is a shot-in-the-arm for me. DIS work has been the focus of my work-life for over 30 years. I started my career as a DIS in 1986 in Nashville. Supervised DIS in Memphis and Chicago in the early 90s and coordinated the efforts of the DIS in Indianapolis from 1992 through the outbreak of 98 up to 2002. I have spent the last 15 years working on trying to make DIS successful. I have trained Advanced DIS Intervention, worked on the development of the Passport course, been the project officer for the DIS training centers, was responsible for the program that created the VCA chart above and as I count down the last few months of my career, I hope to lay the groundwork for a DIS App. Julie, your article really lifted my spirits and I wish you all the best in your DIS endeavors.

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