Learn How to Apply for Zika Field Support

Published Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Learn How to Apply for Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Field Support for Local Health Departments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting applications from local health departments[1] for supplemental field support in communities with pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection. The purpose of field support is to assist the local health department’s capacity to (1) collect and report accurate, timely, and complete data on pregnancies and infants with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection and the infant outcomes, as well as and infants with specific birth defects with and without Zika virus exposure; and (2) help pregnant women, children, and families affected by Zika receive the services they need. Field support will be tailored to local health department needs and existing capacity. Field support may also be supplemented by partner organizations, including our organization.

To be eligible for field support, local health departments 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 be required to demonstrate coordination and communication with their state health department. CDC anticipates that data collection will continue to flow through the state health department and that the state and local health departments and CDC will have regular meetings to coordinate data flow and other related issues. Although field support will be assigned to the local health department, the field assignee will work with local and state health department epidemiologists, maternal and child health professionals, and birth defects experts.

Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Field Support to Local Health Departments –Session 2

April 12, 2017; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Ø  Please register here: https://adobeconnect.cdc.gov/e1kpr7gem6a/event/event_info.html

Ø  To join the meeting click on this link: https://adobeconnect.cdc.gov/r20nzwr5jhj/

  • Type your first and last name; click “Enter Room”

Ø  In order to use Audio for this conference, please dial in as instructed below:

  1. Dial Phone number: 855-644-0229
  2. Enter Passcode: 2639716#

[1] For the purposes of this application, local health departments (LHDs) are the primary target for CDC contracted support.  State health departments may apply; preference in assignment of resources will be given to local health departments and then to other health departments with significant cases and capacity needs.


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