SLG Working Groups Set Goals to Advance the Recommendations of the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap

Since its inaugural meeting in April 2021, the Strategic Leadership Group (SLG) of the FETP Enterprise, formed to provide high-level leadership and accountability for the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap, has composed eight working groups* to advance each of the Roadmap’s eight recommendations.

Currently, each working group is developing goals and objectives to guide implementation planning for its assigned recommendation. Once the SLG reviews and accepts the proposed goals and objectives, the working groups will then begin defining activities to occur over the next few years.

The SLG meets on a quarterly basis and will meet next on October 12, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do you mean by “FETP Enterprise”?

Per the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap, the “FETP Enterprise” refers to “the totality of the leaders, funders, implementing partners, government agencies, and other stakeholders engaged in this global effort, along with associated workforce competency targets, standards, agreements, technologies, etc. that undergird this work.”

Can others get involved in the work of the SLG?

SLG working group leads can identify additional people with different backgrounds and skill sets to participate in the groups. As activities are defined and implementation is underway, additional institutions and individuals may be called upon to participate.

*SLG Working Group Membership

Note: This list was last updated on December 7, 2021.

Recommendation 1: Establish a Strategic Leadership Group for the FETP Enterprise

  • Carl Reddy, TEPHINET (group lead)
  • Kip Baggett, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Amber Ellithorpe, TEPHINET
  • Ashley Hill, TEPHINET

Recommendation 2: The SLG should continually monitor and assure needed improvements and changes in the FETP Enterprise.

  • Carmen Varela Santos, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) (group co-lead)
  • Julio Pinto, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (group co-lead)
  • Lisa Jensen, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Claire Jennings, TEPHINET
  • Anaite Diaz, Universidad del Valle, Guatemala
  • Tambri Housen, Field Epidemiology in Action, University of Newcastle
  • Chikwe Ihekweazu, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
  • Anne Perrocheau, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Marion Muehlen, WHO

Recommendation 3: The SLG should promote the development of applied epidemiology workforce targets.

  • Simon Antara, AFENET (group lead)
  • Oliver Morgan, WHO 
    • Proxy: Anne Perrocheau, WHO
  • Carl Reddy, TEPHINET
  • Marion Muehlen, WHO
  • Khassoum Diallo, WHO
  • Kip Baggett, CDC
  • Boris Pavlin, WHO
    • Proxy: Anne Perrocheau, WHO

Recommendation 4: The SLG should assure the development of a cadre of specially-trained FETP fellows and alumni available for rapid response to health emergencies.

  • Mohannad Al-Nsour, Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) (group lead)
  • Lisandro Torre, TEPHINET
  • Sam McKeever, TEPHINET
  • Samar Abdelnour, EMPHNET
  • Dana Shalabi, EMPHNET
  • Stephen Kim, TEPHINET
  • Ruba Al-Souri, EMPHNET
  • Farah Massoud, EMPHNET
  • Ashley Greiner, CDC
  • Pat Drury, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), WHO

Recommendation 5: The SLG should work with country partners to accelerate the rate at which FETPs become fully institutionalized.

  • Nancy Knight, CDC (group lead)
  • Natalie Mayet, National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), South Africa
  • Lesley Guyot, TEPHINET
  • Shelly Bratton, CDC
  • Seymour Williams, CDC
  • Lorie Burnett, TEPHINET
  • Ilesh Jani, National Institute of Health, Mozambique
  • Tushar Singh, CDC Sierra Leone

Recommendation 6: The SLG should continue, strengthen, and expand efforts to assure and improve the quality of FETPs and the FETP Enterprise.

  • David Blazes, Gates Foundation (group lead)
  • Elizabeth David dos Santos, Ministry of Health, Brazil
  • Lorie Burnett, TEPHINET

Recommendation 7: The SLG should assure sustainable funding for the global FETP Enterprise.

  • Martyn Kirk, Australian National University (group lead)
  • David Blazes, Gates Foundation
  • Jenneh Scott, TEPHINET consultant
  • Muhammad Ali Pate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Fred Angulo, Pfizer

Recommendation 8: The SLG should foster enhanced alignment and integration of the FETP Enterprise with key global health programs and priorities.

  • Oliver Morgan, WHO (group lead)
  • Neil Squires, Public Health England
  • Rebecca Martin, Emory Global Health Institute
  • Raji Tajudeen, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
  • Natalie Mayet, NICD
  • Anne Perrocheau, WHO