*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Career Epidemiology Field Officer (CEFO) Program, in the Field Assignee Services Branch (FASB) within the Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) in the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
The project seeks a Fellow who is passionate about public health science, interested in learning about applied epidemiology, and curious about how the two are linked to protect the well-being of people and communities. During the appointment, fellows will be learning about the CDC program that assigns mid to senor level epidemiologists to jurisdictions around the United States. These CEFOs serve to strengthen the epidemiological capacity and capabilities that are a vital framework for state, local, tribal, and territorial preparedness programs as they plan, operationalize, and evaluate their ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. For the selected participant, experience will be gained through participation in collaborative projects, experiential learning opportunities, assisting with written and oral presentations, and mentoring sessions.
The participant will have the opportunity to learn about CDC’s pivotal role in ensuring that state and local public health systems are prepared for public health emergencies because of its unique abilities to respond to infectious, non-communicable, occupational, technological, or environmental hazards and threats that affect the public’s health. As a member of the CPR/DSLR Team- the participant will have the opportunity to learn foundational applied epidemiology concepts, to participate in CDC preparedness training activities and exercises, and to potentially support CDC’s Incident Management System during a public health emergency activation.
Under guidance from the mentor and FASB staff professionals, the participant will be involved with scientific reporting and communication activities that will strengthen networking among CEFOs, enhance collaboration between the CEFO Program and other units within CPR, and increase visibility of CEFO work and accomplishments within CDC and among external partners and organizations. The participant’s areas of training under the guidance of the mentor, may include but are not limited to:
- Helping to implement an updated CEFO periodic reporting system and to collect, analyze and summarize information from the field reports
- Coordinate a quarterly newsletter that includes program updates and reviews to distribute to CEFOs and other stakeholders
- Contributing to the production, review, and dissemination of an annual summary report that highlights CEFO accomplishments
- Participating in the development of an updated CEFO training and career progression plans
- Helping to evaluate the impact that CEFOs have on improving the effectiveness of jurisdictional public health emergency management capabilities
- Assessing and helping to improve processes for CEFOs to request and track assistance from subject matter experts at CDC or in jurisdictional health departments
- Helping to prepare and maintain high level briefing documents and summaries on CEFO involvement in jurisdictional, regional, or National public health emergencies and responses
- Participating in the coordination of CEFO programmatic meetings to be held both in person and virtually
Additional information about the CEFO Program can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readiness/stories/EnsuringPreparedness.html and https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readiness/00_docs/2018_CEFO_Report_FINAL_508.pdf
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 1, 2021; start date is flexible
This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
If you have questions, send an email to ORISE.CDC.CPR@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.