Preparedness Field Assignee Program

Banner header graphic of the PFA with Public Health Workers

The mission of CDC’s Preparedness Field Assignee (PFA) program is to build and support state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) capacity by providing exceptional field services to prepare for & respond to public health emergencies and natural disasters.  To achieve this mission, the program places PFAs in Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) recipient jurisdictions around the country to serve as embedded field staff.

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, 77 field assignees have served in 34 states, four large metropolitan areas, and one U.S. territory.