Outbreak Response Preparedness and Mobilization

When an outbreak occurs, it is critical to ensure that the right people are on the ground at the right place and time. Mobilizing a skilled public health workforce against outbreaks requires close coordination among an array of international partners. Collaborating with agencies such as the World Health Organization Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), the CDC, regional FETP networks, and others, TEPHINET helps train and facilitate the mobilization of FETP graduates as outbreak responders.

Since 2017, TEPHINET has been developing a global FETP alumni network platform, TEPHIConnect, to facilitate workforce mobilization. As of February 2019, TEPHIConnect has already been tapped twice as a source of potential GOARN responders for the 2018 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Some of our projects involve curriculum development on topics important for outbreak response, such as risk communications, or, in the case of the 2016 Zika outbreak, Zika, birth defects and entomology. TEPHINET has also supported efforts to improve public health emergency management capacity in specific regions and administered mini-grant awards to FETP trainees for measuring the timeliness of outbreak detection and reporting.