Glossary of Terms

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement funding

PHEP funds programs and activities to build and strengthen national preparedness for public health emergencies, including natural, biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear incidents. The PHEP figure provided includes Total Base plus Population Funding, Cities Readiness Initiative Funding, and Level 1 Chemical Laboratory Funding. Data are from FY14.

CDC awarded a total of $145 million in supplemental funding to the current 62 Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement awardees to support accelerated Ebola public health preparedness planning and response. The Ebola supplemental funding budget period and project period are 18 months: April 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016.

CRI is a PHEP-funded project that focuses on enhancing preparedness in the nation’s major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) where more than 50% of the U.S. population resides.

Human Resources

CDC provides preparedness support to states, localities, and territories through various field placement programs. Human resources includes the types of CDC-funded field staff from the areas listed below. Data are from FY13 or FY14.

  • Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officers. The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program expands the epidemiology workforce through a two-year epidemiology service and learning fellowship modeled after a medical residency. EIS officers (epidemiologists) are a critical component of CDC’s support to states during responses to disease outbreaks, large-scale national emergencies, and other urgent public health incidents.
  • Career Epidemiology Field Officers (CEFOs). CDC’s Career Epidemiology Field Officer (CEFO) Program strengthens state, local, tribal, and territorial epidemiology capability for public health preparedness and response by placing experienced, full-time epidemiologists in state and local public health departments.
  • Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) Associates and Preparedness Field Assignees. PHAP places associates in states, tribal governments, localities, and insular areas for two years to receive hands-on, frontline experience. In addition, the Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) places recent PHAP graduates in state and local public health departments to continue their preparedness developmental experience. Referred to as preparedness field assignees, these individuals are assigned to serve two years in the field as Division of State and Local Readiness employees.
  • Public Health Advisors (PHAs). The Division of State and Local Readiness employs PHAs who support Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement awardees with developing state and local public health preparedness and response programs. A subset of the PHAs focuses on the PHEP’s medical countermeasure planning requirements.

Strategic National Stockpile Training

The Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS)Cdc-pdf helps prepare state and local health departments and response officials to respond during an emergency when Strategic National Stockpile assets are deployed. DSNS offers state and local planners training courses designed to prepare responders to manage SNS materials during an emergency. Data are from FY14.

The intent of the program for Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRCs) is to use the public health systems research approach to examine the organization, function, capacity, and performance of components in the public health system in preparing for and responding to all potential threats and hazards.

The PERLC provide core competency-based training to state, local, and tribal public health authorities within self-defined service areas and meet partners’ unique workforce development needs in the area of public health preparedness and response.

Page last reviewed: October 15, 2018