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Policy & Advocacy

IDSA promotes science-based public policy to advance U.S. and global efforts on antimicrobial resistance, immunization, infection prevention and control, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, public health emergencies, and other ID issues. The Society supports federal funding for research and public health, and appropriate reimbursement and coverage of ID services.

Learn about IDSA’s policy and advocacy efforts, with links to relevant policy documents, reports, and websites. See the key policy focus areas below.

Read More about IDSA's 2019 Policy Priorities

Access and Reimbursement

Fair and adequate reimbursement for infectious diseases physicians is a key IDSA policy priority. The Society also advocates for access to appropriate treatments for patients with serious infections and for medical liability reform. 

Antimicrobial Resistance

Antibiotic development; strengthening U.S. antimicrobial resistance efforts, including surveillance, prevention and control, data collection and research; antimicrobial stewardship; antimicrobials in agriculture.


IDSA is committed to supporting improved diagnostics including providing recommendations to spur research and development of new tests, and encouraging their use in patient care and public health.

Emerging Infections and Biothreat

Influenza, other emerging infections, and bio-threats; U.S. preparedness and response, public health and research efforts, countermeasures (vaccines, drugs and diagnostics), non-therapeutic control measures. 

Funding Policy

Funding for domestic and international ID programs, including antimicrobial resistance; immunization; drug, vaccine, and diagnostics development; and prevention and treatment of new and emerging infections.

Global Health

IDSA prioritizes promoting sufficient U.S. investment in global infectious diseases responses and research, and in using the voices of physician scientists to inform multilateral and national global health policies. 

Immunization & Vaccination

Supporting national immunization programs for children, adolescents, and adults, including health care workers; advancing research and development of new and improved vaccines.

Research & Infrastructure

Advancing biomedical and public health research priorities; supporting infrastructure that enables and strengthens ID research, clinical, and prevention efforts. 

Infection Prevention & Control

Evidence-based practices and policies to prevent and control health care-associated infections (HAIs). 

Take Action

As medical providers and scientists, you are the most trusted and credible advocate for federal health funding.

Workforce Policy

Developing and maintaining a workforce of ID clinicians, researchers, and public health experts.

Member Advocacy Program

MAP is for any IDSA or HIVMA member who is interested in advocacy

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