Apply for Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Local Health Department Field Support

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting applications for supplemental field support from local health departments (LHDs) in communities with pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection. The purpose of field support is to assist LHD capacity to:

  1. Assist LHD capacity to collect and report accurate, timely, and complete data on pregnancies and infants with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection and infant outcomes, as well as fetuses and infants with specific birth defects with and without Zika virus exposure; and
  2. Help Zika affected pregnant women, children and families receive the services they need. Field support will be tailored to LHD needs and existing capacity. Field support may also be supplemented by partner organizations.

In order to be eligible for field support, LHDs must be located in communities that have cases of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus and/or the need for additional support because of a greater than expected number of infants born with birth defects potentially associated with congenital Zika syndrome. Applicants will also have to demonstrate coordination and communication with their state health agency.

The CDC anticipates that data collection will continue to flow through the state health department; and that the state and local health departments and the CDC will have biweekly (twice a month) meetings to coordinate data flow and other related issues. While field support will be assigned to the local health department, the field assignee will work with local health department and state health agency epidemiologists, maternal and child health professionals and birth defects experts.

Learn more about this opportunity and the submission guidelines. 

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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