Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Report on CDC-Hosted Conferences

January 31, 2020

In compliance with OMB Memorandum M-12-12pdf iconexternal icon (“Promoting Efficient Spending to Support Agency Operations”) this report includes all CDC-hosted conferences held in FY 2019 where the net expenses associated with the conference exceeded $100,000. The conference descriptions include:

  • The date of the conference
  • The location of the conference
  • A brief explanation of how the conference advanced the mission of the agency
  • A description of exceptional circumstances for conferences where net expenses exceeded $500,000
  • The total conference expenses incurred by the agency for the conference
  • The total number of individuals whose travel expenses or other conference expenses were paid by the agency
Fiscal Year 2019 Conferences
OPDIV Total Number of Conferences Total Cost Total Number of Attendees Total Number of Federal Attendees
(travel paid by CDC)
Total Number of Non-Federal Attendees
(travel paid by CDC)
CDC 8 $3,823,675 4,020 984 39

Center for Global Health


Center for Global Health Country Planning Meeting

Dates: June 3-7, 2019

Venue, City, State, or Country: CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Center for Global Health (CGH) is charged with strategic direction, coordination, oversight, and accountability for all CDC’s global health activities.  CGH is divided into four divisions and an Office of the Director, with direct employees and locally employed staff located at a variety of sites in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. CGH leads global public health within CDC and worldwide, and protects and improves health globally through science, policy, partnership and evidence-based public health action. The week of internal meetings provided the opportunity for CGH headquarters and country leadership to discuss issues that are specific to country planning. The meetings advanced the CDC mission by developing awareness of strategic change needed to meet organizational goals; identifying opportunities and challenges, designing solutions, and calculating risks to meet CDC’s global health goals; capturing best practices; and developing strategic relationships to achieve common goals.

Description of Exceptional Circumstances: Country Office and CGH leadership at headquarters convened for internal planning meetings to discuss significant changes to CDC’s global health strategy and approach, including impacts to program operations and opportunities to further scientific mandates. Without clear guidance and understanding of these changes and future directions, Country Office leadership will be unable to adequately guide and support implementation.

Total Estimated Cost: $685,899

Total Attendees: 560

Total Feds on Travel: 168

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 0


Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support

Orientation Training for Public Health Associate Program 2018 Class

Dates: November 6-9, 2018

Venue, City, State, or Country: CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support’s (CSTLTS) mission is to advance U.S. public health agency and system performance, capacity, agility, and resilience. The overall purpose of the 2018 Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) Orientation training was to provide associates a forum to share information about their field assignments and program requirements, and build knowledge and skills essential to achieving success in the workplace. The training fulfilled HHS and CDC University’s PHAP trainee competencies to increase their skills and abilities to accomplish the mission of CSTLTS and to assist state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments increase their capacity for public health delivery. The training provided trainees starting their two-year fellowships with the required knowledge and skills to better equip them in completing their duties on behalf of their STLT health departments, and increased their ability to seek employment in the field of public health. The PHAP trainees contributed to the agency’s mission by expanding the capacity and performance of partner STLT health departments during their fellowship.

Total Estimated Cost: $175,550

Total Attendees: 112

Total Feds on Travel: 110

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 2


Public Health Associate Program 2017 Graduating Class Final Spring Training

Dates: March 19-22, 2019

Venue, City, State, or Country: CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support’s (CSTLTS) mission is to advance U.S. public health agency and system performance, capacity, agility, and resilience. Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) trainees worked at state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments throughout the United States and its territories. The training provided trainees completing their two-year fellowship with the required knowledge and skills to better equip them in completing their duties on behalf of their STLT health departments, and increased their ability to seek employment in the field of public health. The PHAP trainees contributed to the agency’s mission by expanding the capacity and performance of partner STLT health departments during their fellowship.

Total Estimated Cost: $144,292

Total Attendees: 159

Total Feds on Travel: 157

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 2


Public Health Associate Program 2018 Class Mid-Assignment Training

Dates: July 15-19, 2019

Venue, City, State, or Country: CDC Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support’s (CSTLTS) mission is to advance U.S. public health agency and system performance, capacity, agility, and resilience. The training fulfilled HHS and CDC University’s Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) trainee competencies to increase their skills and abilities to accomplish the mission of CSTLTS and to assist state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments increase their capacity for public health delivery. The PHAP associates contributed to the agency’s mission by expanding the capacity and performance of partner STLT health departments during their fellowship and in their future employment.

Total Estimated Cost: $165,458

Total Attendees: 110

Total Feds on Travel: 108

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 2


Hurricane Supplemental Mid-Award Review

Dates: August 12-16, 2019

Venue, City, State, or Country: The Buccaneer Hotel, St. Croix, USVI and Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Hurricane Supplemental Mid-Award Review directly supported the missions of HHS, CDC, and the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) by providing the opportunity to perform site visits to Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), and evaluate the strategies implemented to assure stewardship, service delivery, and effective coordination across CDC-funded recovery projects. The review provided a forum to receive project specific reports and to discuss the status of projects linked to recovery, preparation, and mitigation directly related to the consequences of hurricanes Irma and Maria. It offered an opportunity to improve funding management and coordination process to support more efficient and effective implementation of projects.

Total Estimated Cost: $161,177

Total Attendees: 24

Total Feds on Travel: 12

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 12


National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Questionnaire Meeting

Dates: April 8-12, 2019

Venue, City, State, or Country: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) meeting convened BRFSS Staff, BRFSS grantees, CDC Programs, other federal staff, state employees, academicians, and other users of BRFSS to discuss issues that are pertinent to each of the BRFSS stakeholders. This was a partnership meeting and key players were brought together to provide and receive input that will be informative from their various perspectives. Breakout sessions provided an opportunity for attendees to hear about the latest innovations related to BRFSS. Additionally, BRFSS grantees from several state health departments were able to demonstrate how their state data from BRFSS and BRFSS-like surveys were used to meet local data needs. CDC programs also had the opportunity to highlight how they have utilized and benefitted from the use of aggregated state data to provide a nationwide view of disease burdens.

Total Estimated Cost: $197,839

Total Attendees: 279

Total Feds on Travel: 0

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 0


National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

National HIV Prevention Conference

Dates: March 18-21, 2019

Venue, City, State, or Country: Marriott/Hyatt Hotels, Atlanta, GA

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The mission of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention is to prevent HIV infection and reduce the incidence of HIV-related illness and death, which is achieved in collaboration with community, state, national and international partners. This conference provided a rigorous scientific, programmatic, and technology information exchange of HIV prevention strategies guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. With a clearly articulated vision for America, and with measurable goals and objectives, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy stands today as a “blue-print” for action for the prevention of HIV. The conference contributed to achieving the four primary goals of the national strategy: 1) reducing new HIV infections; 2) increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV; 3) reducing HIV-related health disparities and health inequities; and 4) achieving a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic.

Description of Exceptional Circumstances:
Despite advances in HIV detection, prevention and treatment, HIV remains an ongoing health problem in the United States. The National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) brought together more than 3,000 individuals who are working to stop the spread of HIV in the United States, and provided an opportunity to continue refining, improving, and strengthening our nation’s response to the HIV epidemic. There were 3.5 days of intensive sessions and events focused on HIV prevention, including: 5 plenary sessions, 107 concurrent oral sessions, 61 roundtable discussions, and 280 poster presentations. There are many new advances in HIV treatment and prevention occurring every year and the conference provided an opportunity for research and program experts to come together to share information about these developments, as well as policy and legislative developments, and the potential impact of initiatives such as the Affordable Health Act.

Total Estimated Cost: $2,071,459

Total Attendees: 2,663

Total Feds on Travel: 407

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 6


National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

National Conference on American Indian and Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention

Dates: July 23-25, 2019

Venue, City, State, or Country: Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, Denver, CO

How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The mission of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is to prevent violence and injuries through science and action. This conference provided an opportunity for tribes and partners to share information on addressing injuries related to motor vehicle crashes, opioid misuse, elder falls, and suicides in American Indian/ Alaska Native communities. A major goal of the conference was to provide tribes, agency staff, and partners with new knowledge and tools for developing and implementing injury prevention programs and countermeasures.

Total Estimated Cost: $222,001

Total Attendees: 113

Total Feds on Travel: 22

Total Non-Feds on Travel: 15

Grants.gov logo
Page last reviewed: December 23, 2019