CDC Leader Dr. Jonathan Mermin to Share Infectious Disease Trends at Upcoming Correctional Health Conference

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

Chicago (January 21, 2014) – Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD,and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present on correctional health as it relates to HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs and tuberculosis at the plenary session of the Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care on April 7, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The center is one of the largest at CDC and has a budget of approximately $1 billion.

Dr. Mermin served as director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, NCHHSTP from 2009-2013. Under his leadership, the division spearheaded a new approach to HIV prevention, called High Impact Prevention, that aligned funding with epidemiology and ensured program and research activities had the greatest effect on reducing incidence and improving health equity.

A captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Dr. Mermin served as director of CDC-Kenya and HHS public health attaché for the U.S. Embassy from 2006-2009, where he oversaw CDC’s largest country office, implementing programs and research involving a broad range of infectious diseases, including HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and emerging infections.

Dr. Mermin began his career at CDC in 1995 as an EIS officer with the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch. He completed an internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital and a preventive medicine residency at CDC and the California Department of Health Services. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University School of Medicine, and received his MPH from Emory University. He has co-authored more than 150 scientific articles. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Public Health.

The Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care includes two days of preconference seminars and two full days of concurrent sessions on a comprehensive set of medical and mental health care topics for practitioners working in correctional institutions. It is sponsored by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. There is no charge to attend the plenary session, which starts at 8:00 am on April 7. For more information, visit


About the National Commission

NCCHC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in our nation’s jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities; operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet these standards; produces and disseminates resource publications; provides technical assistance; offers a quality review program; conducts educational trainings and conferences; and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a representative to the NCCHC Board of Directors.

NCCHC Supporting Organizations: Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association of Public Health Physicians, American Bar Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Neuropsychiatrists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Correctional Health Services Association, American Counseling Association, American Dental Association, American Health Information Management Association, American Jail Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, National Association of Counties, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Social Workers, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Juvenile Services, National Sheriffs' Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Society of Correctional Physicians.   


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