Overview

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: Two Public Health Fellowship opportunities are available with the Office of Emergency Management within the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, GA.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish its mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR’s mission is to protect communities from harmful health effects related to exposure to natural and man-made hazardous substances. ATSDR responds to environmental health emergencies, investigates emerging environmental health threats, conducts research on the health impacts of hazardous waste sites, and supports state and local health partners.

Research Project: The Office of Emergency Management at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta is seeking two public health fellows starting in late September/early October 2022.

The Office of Emergency Management coordinates the Center’s response to natural disasters and technological emergencies.  One appointment will be engaged in the development of two preparedness initiatives focused on the response to hazardous chemical events.  The second appointment will provide educational experience related to professional, programmatic, and scientific support to the Natural Hazards Team and the Associate Director for Emergency Management.

Participation in supporting other Office activities is possible with the mentor’s approval and guidance.  These activities may include support of the response to, recovery from, and preparation for environmental health emergencies.

The fellows will receive programmatic and scientific training on practical applications related to the functions of the office.  The training will include emergency management protocols and tools, researching peer review publications and technical databases, emergency response activation and disaster preparedness, and coordinating and collaborating with multiple agencies and partner organizations.  The two projects involve the development of guidance and best practices for dealing with interagency partners during a high consequence, low probability events in local communities across the US.
Learning Objectives:

Understand the role of public health during emergencies and disasters
Understand the mechanisms by which NCEH/ATSDR supports responses to such events.
Gain knowledge of how agencies and organizations work together to reduce or eliminate harm from unexpected events.
Develop the capability to work with an incident management system (i.e., CDC/ATSDRs) to coordinate contributions from multiple specialties and technical skills.
Understand CDC emergency operations protocols and processes
Develop the capability to function within the CDC IMS (if the opportunity arises)
Understand and articulate the role of mitigation and risk reduction as part of the disaster risk management cycle
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Mollie Mahany (heu0@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October 3, 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.ATSDR@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
Qualifications
The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Public Health, Environmental Health, Chemistry, Toxicology, Disaster Management), or be currently pursuing the degree with completion before December 31, 2022. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Experience responding to Emergencies is a plus.

About Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.