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Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Local Health Department Field Support

Thank you for your interest in the CDC Zika Local Health Department (LHD) Initiative. The application for field support closed on April 21, 2017. If you have any questions about the LHD initiative, please contact us at

Informational Webinar

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Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Field Support to Local Health Departments Webinar – April 2017

About the Opportunity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) solicited applications from local health departments1 for supplemental field support in communities with pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection. The purpose of this initiative is to build local health department capacity to:

  • Collect and report accurate, timely, and complete data on pregnancies and infants with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection and infant outcomes, as well as infants with specific birth defects with and without Zika virus exposure
  • Help pregnant women, children, and families affected by Zika receive the services they need

Field support is provided on-site by trained personnel who can provide assistance in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Assistance with timely data sharing, reporting, and coordination among providers, state health departments, laboratories, and CDC
  2. Assistance with data collection and reporting processes, including medical chart abstraction and pregnancy and birth defects surveillance
  3. Use of surveillance data to predict, plan, and prepare for increased demand for services
  4. Support of case management so that pregnant women infected with Zika and their families receive the services they need
  5. Assistance with the HIPAA-compliant sharing of patient health information among different service providers to ensure coordinated care
  6. Assistance with coordination of Zika response efforts targeting pregnant women and families
  7. Assistance with clinical outreach to healthcare providers to improve testing and adherence to clinical guidance

Field support may be supplemented with technical assistance provided by national organizations and CDC personnel based on the needs of a local health department. Onsite personnel are assigned based on agreement with the local health department. The duration of assignment is based on local health department requests and/or the vendor’s contract period of performance.

1For the purposes of this application, local health departments (LHDs) are the primary target for CDC-contracted support.