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FETP International Night

“The Field Epidemiology Training Program is a cornerstone of CDC’s efforts to effectively respond to health threats across the globe. Graduates have training in field epidemiology, surveillance, and evidence-based decision-making, enabling them to emerge as the world’s next generation of public health leaders. With a strong presence in over 70 countries, FETP helps build experienced team of public health professionals who can detect disease outbreaks locally and prevent them from spreading globally.”

– Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Celebrating CDC's Commitment to Global Health

This spring, epidemiologists, scientists, academics, physicians, and other public health professionals from around the world gathered for International Night, a highlight of the Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.

International Night is a chance to share work being done through Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) around the world and to recognize the impact these programs make every day in public health. The event provides a forum for FETP residents and graduates to give scientific presentations and increase their knowledge about surveillance, outbreak investigation, and improving health outcomes in their respective countries.

The event also brings FETP residents and EIS officers together to exchange ideas and expand the global network of disease detectives who can be called upon in times of emergency. International Night offers FETP residents and EIS officers a platform to present and defend their research before a panel of judges, subject matter experts, scientists, academics, and senior level officials in the global scientific arena. The success of International Night demonstrates that FETP residents and graduates are not only well-trained, but are continually applying what they have learned.

International Night has been part of CDC’s commitment to global health for over 20 years. Most recently, the event has been co-hosted by CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection and the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET).

International Night 2017

International Night 2017 is again part of the CDC EIS Conference, which will be held at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. The event will span two nights during the conference to allow ample time for FETP residents to present and defend their work. On Tuesday, April 25, 21 posters will be presented. On Wednesday, April 26, there will be six oral presentations.

The 2017 poster presenters will use interactive technology to display their posters on high-definition touch-screens. By moving beyond the usual static poster presentations, the FETP residents can provide a more engaging and dynamic vision of their activities. This new format included time for Q&A and additional discussion.

Dr. Tran Tu of Vietnam presents his interactive poster presentation in 2016.

Dr. Tamar Kikvidze of Georgia presents her research on vaccination knowledge, attitudes, and practices at the 2016 FETP International Night.

FETP residents, graduates, and advisors are doing precisely what they were trained to do: respond effectively to health threats and provide leadership in developing policies, programs, and health interventions to save lives and improve global health security.

- Dr. Dionisio Herrera, Director of TEPHINET

The second evening of International Night will feature six oral presentations. Dr. Dionisio Herrera, Director of TEPHINET, will introduce the two distinguished moderators for the evening, who will provide comments on the research and facilitate audience questions. Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director of the Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. David Ross, President and CEO of the Task Force for Global Health, will serve as moderators.

Learn more about previous International Night award winners.