June 2013

Director's Message

Dear Colleagues:Dr. Dionisio Herrera, TEPHINET DirectorThis issue of our newsletter arrives soon after our April 24 celebration of Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) International Night 2013. We worked closely with CDC to facilitate this special event for the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) family.
More than 500 people attended International Night, highlighting a remarkable 15-year collaboration between CDC and TEPHINET that has fostered our success in developing highly trained field epidemiologists to serve in diverse positions worldwide. Many FETP graduates are now leaders within ministries of health and other health organizations, where they practice essential skills gained during their training.
This year, our distinguished moderators for EIS International Night were Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Dr. Fadzilah Kamaludin, Head of the Office of Deputy Director General of Health in Malaysia. Honored guest speakers were Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, CDC Director and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and Dr. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health of the Philippines.  
The quality of International Night’s oral and poster presentations underscore improvements in international disease detection and response activities that are a direct result of collaborations between TEPHINET, CDC and more than 84 national ministries of health. The standard of excellence we uphold in field and applied epidemiology training are evident during presentations and when FETP participants and graduates respond effectively to health threats in their respective countries.
Our work continues to advance. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Fadzilah Kamaludin as the new Chair of our Advisory Board, and we are making progress on our FETP accreditation process. We also remain focused on establishing and implementing quality measures to ensure that our programs function at the highest level possible. The FETP programs are geared toward developing strong public health leaders — leaders who are committed to improving public health and, most importantly, who are trained to provide essential technical skills to manage public health threats and prevent them from spreading across borders. 
Thanks for your continued interest in FETP.  Please enjoy exploring this edition’s updates on our activities


Best regards,

Dionisio Herrera, MD, PhD
TEPHINET Director 

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