The purpose of this project is to protect the public health and safety of the American people by enhancing the
capacity of public health agencies to effectively detect, respond, prevent and control known and
emerging (or re-emerging) infectious diseases. This is accomplished by providing financial and
technical resources to (1) strengthen epidemiologic capacity; (2) enhance laboratory capacity; (3)
improve information systems; and (4) enhance collaboration among epidemiology, laboratory, and
information systems components of public health departments.