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      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the Career Epidemiology Field Officer (CEFO) program in 2002 to strengthen state, tribal, local, and territorial epidemiology capacity for public health preparedness and response. Through placement in frontline public health agencies, CEFOs provide communities with a more direct connection to CDC expertise, resources, and technical assistance. CEFOs work in conjunction with their assigned health departments to identify and fill gaps in preparedness capacity, improving their ability to respond to public health threats. The scope of work varies depending on their assigned jurisdictions’ needs and capabilities. Funding for CEFO positions is mainly derived from the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement through the direct assistance (DA) mechanism. Health departments allocate PHEP funding through DA requests to support CEFO positions. Some CEFO assignments are co-funded with other CDC programs and support a broader spectrum of activities. During 2014–2017, large-scale public health responses to infectious diseases of global importance (Ebola and Zika virus) influenced the work activities of most CEFOs. During 2018, the urgent public health issues for US health departments became more uniquely domestic in nature and CEFOs responded to address those. The nation was faced with a growing crisis of opioid overdoses and deaths. Multifocal outbreaks of hepatitis A were occurring in multiple states. And the paramount requirement to build and maintain public health preparedness continued. This report describes the history and current state of the CEFO program and documents CEFO activities to address the public health challenges of 2018. Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2019). Career Epidemiology Field Officer Program: Strengthening CDC’s Impact in the Field, 2018. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2018_CEFO_Report_FINAL_508.pdf
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      Background -- Vision CEFO Program Timeline, 2002–2018 -- CEFOs and Assignment Locations, 2002-2018 -- CEFOs — Assignments, 2002–2018 -- CEFO 2018 Data Points: Accomplishments; Epidemiologic Studies; Surveillance System Development & Enhancement; Outbreak/Environmental Investigations and Emergency Response; Plans, Guidance, and Policy Development; Education, Training, and Workforce Development Activities; Program Development and Evaluation; 2018 Hepatitis A Response; 2018 Opioid Crisis Response -- Annex: CEFOs — Assignments, 2002–2018 -- Appendix A - 2018 CEFO Success Stories -- Appendix B - CEFO Program Publications: Peer-Reviewed Publications (49); MMWR (17); Non-Peer-Reviewed Article (9).
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