Emergency Preparedness Field Staff

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CDC strengths the public health preparedness of health departments through the assignment of field-based staff.

Career Epidemiology Field Office (CEFOs)

CEFOs are CDC epidemiologists with experience in surveillance, epidemiology, preparedness, research, training, and policy development. Their mission is to strengthen state, tribal, local, and territorial epidemiology capacity for public health preparedness and response.

Preparedness Field Assignees (PFAs)

As recent graduates of CDC’s Public Health Associate Program, PFAs are CDC employees assigned to serve three years in state and local public health departments to continue developing their preparedness experience. Learn more about the Preparedness Field Assignee Program.

Regional Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Specialists

Regional MCM specialists consult on MCM planning, including Strategic National Stockpile related issues, and support trainings, exercises, and incidents. The regional staff support the 10 HHS regions in the U.S, covering the 50 states and 8 territories and freely associated states.

Public Health Advisor (PHA) Field Assignees

PHAs are PHEP specialists that provide direct assistance to the PHEP funding recipients. PHAs provide technical assistance and advice for the successful completion of cooperative agreements.

2018 PHEP Program Funded Staff

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