TEPHINET Participates on Technical Advisory Committee to Strengthen the Caribbean Public Health Workforce

From May 27-28, 2019, Dr. Angela Hilmers, Senior Associate Director of Science for TEPHINET, represented TEPHINET at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Training and Advisory Committee meeting held on CARPHA’s Trinidad campus.

CARPHA serves as the host institution for the Caribbean Regional Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (CR-FELTP). CR-FELTP targets public health professionals of diverse backgrounds who desire to contribute to building the region’s capacity to implement actions to prevent disease and protect public health.

The program is currently structured in three tiers. Level I is a five-month basic training course in applied epidemiology, public health laboratory science, and communications. Level II consists of four additional months of skill-building in the same competency areas plus in teaching and training. Level III, currently under design, will be a two-year fellowship program. Trainees in all tiers spend roughly 20 percent of their time in the classroom and 80 percent of their time implementing their knowledge on the job.

The Training and Advisory Committee plays a vital role in supporting CARPHA’s work by providing oversight of the execution of the agency’s training strategy and assisting CARPHA in achieving its mandate of training and developing a regional public health workforce for the Caribbean.

During the May meeting, the committee, along with CARPHA and CR-FELTP leadership, reviewed the strategic framework for CARPHA’s training function, discussed the sustainability model for CR-FELTP, and heard presentations on various aspects of CR-FELTP including updates on curriculum development for CR-FELTP level III; evaluation results of the CR-FELTP Frontline program launched in 2017 and its potential integration into CR-FELTP training structure as level 0; and deployment of graduates for emergency response.

CR-FELTP launched in September 2014. Learn more about the program at the CARPHA website.