Preparedness Field Assignee Program

PFA interviewing patient

The mission of CDC’s Preparedness Field Assignee (PFA) program is to support the public health preparedness and response capabilities of state, tribal, local, and territorial jurisdictions through the development of a knowledgeable, responsive, and effective public health workforce. To achieve this mission, the program places PFAs in Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) recipient jurisdictions around the country to serve three-year terms.

PFAs become embedded staff, assisting jurisdictions with public health preparedness planning and response efforts using the framework of the 15 Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities. Since the program’s inception in 2012, 45 field assignees have served in 22 states, three large metropolitan areas, and one U.S. territory.

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States and Localities with Preparedness Field Assignees (PFA), 2019
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