A Gainesville native has joined an elite fellowship program of “disease detectives” at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Selected each year from a highly competitive pool of hundreds of medical doctors, veterinarians and PhD recipients, Epidemic Intelligence Service officers work across the country and around the world to keep Americans safe from a variety of health threats.
Gainesville native Jason Lake, 35, is one of 60 chosen as part of the CDC’s 2015 class.
Lake, who graduated from Lakeview Academy, recently completed the initial training in Atlanta. Now he’ll go on to serve as an EIS officer in the division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, where he’ll assist on the front lines of public health.
“It’s quite awesome to be a part of this,” Lake said. “Especially with the division I’m in. It’s an amazing opportunity.”
According to the CDC’s website, for more than 60 years EIS officers have “stepped up at a moment’s notice to investigate types of public health threats. Officers have had significant impact in improving the public’s health domestically and internationally.”
Officers aim to identify causes of disease outbreaks, investigate other urgent public health threats, recommend prevention and control measures and implement strategies to protect people from harm.
Lake said working with the Epidemic Intelligence Service allows him to “help people on a global level.”
The size and demographics of EIS classes evolve every year based on the scope of CDC’s public health mission.
According to its website, the CDC’s mission is “to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.”