Announcing the First Recipient of the Sara Lowther FETP Memorial Award

Congratulations to Jessica Yun, the First Recipient of the Sara Lowther FETP Memorial Award

Jessica Yun is a resident of the South Africa Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP). Her award-winning proposal is titled, "Evaluation of the CoughWatchSA application as a digital participatory surveillance platform, January-July 2021." The project will evaluate the digital participatory surveillance platform, CoughWatchSA, specifically its ability to detect and monitor symptomatic acute respiratory illness in South Africa.

The Sara Lowther FETP Memorial Fund supports an award for an FETP fellow or recent graduate to conduct a project that makes significant contributions to infectious disease prevention and control in their country. The award honors the memory of our colleague, Dr. Sara Lowther, who made significant contributions to public health and passed away in May 2020.

Sara was a leader on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FETP team and passionate about FETP as a means to develop and mentor young field epidemiologists around the world and build global field epidemiology capacity. The award is made possible through close collaboration among CDC, the CDC Foundation, and TEPHINET.