Emergency Preparedness Field Staff
CDC strengths the public health preparedness of health departments through the assignment of field-based staff.
Career Epidemiology Field Officers (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.
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.
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.