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Division of Public Health Systens abd Workforce Development 2009 annual report
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    In 2009, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) went through an agency-wide reorganization that led to a restructuring of our division and resulted in a name change. Our Divi- sion of Global Public Health Capacity Development was renamed Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development. This organizational restructuring more accurately reflects CDC’s new goal in the arena of global public health and allows us to better work with partners to strengthen capacity of countries around the world to improve their public health systems and build up their public health workforce. Throughout these organizational changes, we remain committed to spearhead efforts to improve global health through medical technology, international coalitions, government interventions, and basic behavior changes. Two of our long-standing programs are the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP), which are modeled after CDC’s Epi- demic Intelligence Service. Since 1980, these programs have been growing steadily and we have helped establish more than 30 FETPs or FELTPs that have produced more than 2,000 graduates. As of December 2009, we are supporting 12 FETPs or FELTPs, covering 23 countries, with the help of 14 resident advisors who provide direct program support on the ground. We are also in the process of establishing new programs in 7 regions, totaling 12 countries. Another major component of our work resides in helping countries develop or strengthen the management skills of their public health leaders through targeted country management capacity building programs. We are currently leading efforts in six countries. These programs are developed by our division’s Sustainable Management Development Program.
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