Infectious Disease

Infectious disease outbreaks can strike any community at any time. Local and state health officials have the legal authority and responsibility to ensure and protect the health and safety of their residents. This means that public health practitioners work each day on prevention. When an outbreak does occur, our members are on the front lines  to identify its source, slow the spread of new infections, and ensure appropriate access to care.

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Advocacy & Policy

  • The Big Cities Health Coalition sent a letter to Senate leaders, urging them to avoid using the Public Health Prevention Fund to pay for the nation's response to the Zika virus emergency. 
  • The Coalition wrote a letter urging U.S. Senators to provide emergency funding to address the Zika virus threat at the highest possible funding level without partisan legislative riders.

City Data

Click below to explore data on infectious disease in cities.

Houston: Houston Hits Home with Youth and HIV/STD Testing

The Houston Health Department truly understands that if you want to affect behavior you must reach out to those whose behavior you want to change, not wait for them to come to you. Otherwise, you may never reach them. That’s the motivation behind Houston Hits Home, a public health initiative targeting some of the highest risk groups for HIV—youth of color—to get them tested so they know their status. 

How do you do that? 

San Francisco: Determined to Get to Zero When It Comes to HIV

A FDA-approved medication that reduces the risk of HIV by more than 90 percent is a new tool San Francisco’s Department of Public Health is using to help get the city’s HIV infection and HIV deaths to zero.