Public Health Applied Research and Surveillance

Results from public health research aid in the development of programs and interventions designed to enhance the health of communities. Over the course of TEPHINET history, we have supported research related to current public health priorities, from hiring and supervising field teams conducting knowledge, attitudes and practices studies on Zika to supporting the development of mixed-methods mobile surveys for rapid intervention.

Since 2010, TEPHINET has awarded and administered more than 100 mini-grants to FETP trainees and graduates. Mini-grant recipients analyze surveillance data and produce reports to be used as the basis for improving surveillance in country. A primary focus area of TEPHINET mini-grants has been on non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as maternal and child health and birth defects, injury, and environmental disasters.

TEPHINET is also a partner of the CDC in implementing the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) framework, which makes surveillance and laboratory data more usable, as well as the CDC’s Improving Public Health Management for Action (IMPACT) program in Kenya and Bangladesh, a fellowship program for building stronger management capacity in public health leaders.