Infectious Diseases/Human Immunodeficiency Virus Physician Ambassadors: Advancing Policy to Improve Health

Maximo O. Brito, Caitlin M. Dugdale, Michelle Collins-Ogle, Jessica Snowden, David A. Wheeler

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Infectious diseases/human immunodeficiency virus (ID/HIV) physicians and other healthcare professionals advocate within the healthcare system to ensure adults and children receive effective treatment. These advocacy skills can be used to inform domestic and global infectious diseases policies to improve healthcare systems and public health. ID/HIV physicians have a unique frontline perspective to share with federal policymakers regarding how programs and policies benefit patients and public health. Providing this input is critical to the enactment of legislation that will maximize the response to infectious diseases. This article discusses the advocacy of ID/HIV physicians and other healthcare professionals in federal health policy. Key issues include funding for ID/HIV programs; the protection of public health and access to healthcare; improving research opportunities; and advancing the field of ID/HIV, including supporting the next generation of ID/HIV clinicians. The article also describes best practices for advocacy and provides case studies illustrating the impact of ID/HIV physician advocacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e2243-e2250
JournalClinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 5 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV
  • infectious diseases
  • physician advocacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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