Box 16
A Growing Community of International Public Health Leaders

By fostering contacts between CDC staff and scientists from other countries (during outbreak investigations, scientific conferences, training courses, and disease prevention projects), CDC is helping build an international community of epidemiologists and laboratory scientists who are prepared to respond to emerging infectious disease threats, whenever and wherever they arise. Often linked by e-mail, as well as by phone and fax, these individuals are part of an informal network that shares outbreak alerts and research data and provides assistance and consultation during infectious disease emergencies.

In addition to these informal exchanges, CDC offers formal training programs in epidemiology (e.g., through Field Epidemiology Training Programs, the Public Health Schools Without Walls, and the Epidemic Intelligence Service), laboratory diagnostics (e.g., through fellowships and disease-specific training workshops), and public health management (e.g., through the Sustainable Management Development Program) that support the development of public health leaders around the world.

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