Career Epidemiology Field Officer (CEFO) Roundtable Discussion

Monday, June 23, 2014: 1:00 PM
Rock & Roll, Renaissance Hotel
Walter Randolph Daley , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Linda Neff , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Canton, GA
Margo Riggs , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Brief Summary:
One of CDC’s priority missions is support of state and local health departments. Since 2002, the CEFO program has assigned CDC epidemiologists to state and local health departments to strengthen epidemiologic capability for public health preparedness and response.  CEFO activates can include: 1) developing or strengthening surveillance systems that provide essential data to inform public health preparedness decision-making and guide response efforts, 2) investigating major health problems and mentoring and training junior staff, 3) supporting the development and implementation of public health policies, writing and reviewing public health emergency plans, and assisting with development and performance of all -hazards exercises, 4) coordinating timely and appropriate engagement of CDC and other federal resources to support health department emergency responses, 5) collaborating with key partners including emergency responders, healthcare providers, and other agencies or organizations with preparedness and response responsibilities. Discussion will cover current CEFO activities valuable to health departments and emerging areas in which CEFOs could offer support.Brief Summary