Infectious Disease

Infectious disease outbreaks can strike any community. Local and state health officials have the legal authority and responsibility to protect the health and safety of their residents. This means public health practitioners work each day on prevention.

BCHC works to ensure that local public health officials continue to have the funding, authority, and other tools they need to protect their community when an outbreak hits.

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Policy recommendations

BCHC works for vaccine equity, both at the local level and through our collective support for policies that work. For example, we support the creation and full funding of a Vaccines for Adults program to provide un- and under-insured adults no-cost access to routine and outbreak vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

School-aged girl getting MMR vaccine

Infectious Disease

“The science could not be clearer: measles can be lethal, the MMR vaccine is highly effective, and people who are unvaccinated should stay home following exposure. Any response that ignores or deviates from these standards on the part of public health officials is a dereliction of duty.”


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Policy Letter

CDC should provide alternate HIV prevention funding for Tennessee grantees

When the state of Tennessee decided to no longer accept CDC funding for HIV prevention programs, BCHC joined the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership’s successful campaign to urge CDC to create an alternative funding mechanism for Tennessee grantees.

CDC should provide alternate HIV prevention funding for Tennessee grantees Read the letter