TEPHINET collaborators and sponsors,
Thank you for your interest in the Seventh TEPHINET Global Scientific Conference to be held in Amman, Jordan on November 10- 15, 2012 in collaboration with the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET). Below we have provided some information about TEPHINET, a program of the Task Force for Global Health, Inc., as a global network and about the upcoming TEPHINET global conference.
TEPHINET Global Network and Secretariat
Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) is a professional network of fifty – three programs of field epidemiology (and laboratory) training programs (FE(L)TPs) located around the world. Trainees of the FE(L)TPs master a set of “core” competencies in public health while providing valuable public health services to their community. FE(L)TP graduates are in charge of disease surveillance, public health interventions, disease outbreak detection and response, and often become policy-makers within their respective ministries of health.
The TEPHINET secretariat offers continuing education opportunities and support to the programs, trainees, and graduates, manages global public health projects, and connects trained epidemiologists from around the world through traditional media and social networking.
Overall, TEPHINET aims to:
1. Improve public health response through ensuring active participation of the respective programs in the resolution of public health issues;
2. Support and strengthen public health service through the development of human resource capacity in field epidemiology;
3. Support the development of field epidemiology training programs in countries in need;
4. Support research and investigations into public health issues worldwide
TEPHINET has had considerable success organizing both regional and global scientific conferences. Global conferences occur every two ‘even’ years, and regional conferences occur every two ‘odd’ years. Previous global conferences took place in Ottawa, Madrid, Beijing, Brasilia, and in Kuala Lumpur , and Cape Town in 2010.
TEPHINET’s global conferences offer scientific sessions and workshops related to managing public health projects and interventions, investigating communicable disease outbreaks, laboratory practice, and technology. Through presentations, workshops and meetings, trainees and graduates from Field Epidemiology (Laboratory) Training Programs (FE(L)TPs) share their work with colleagues and experts from around the world. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to exchange best-practices, network with peers, learn from others, and acquire new field epidemiology skills that can be put into action to enhance global public health. The conferences also provide an opportunity for collaborators outside the network to witness the impact that FE(L)TP’s have on public health worldwide.
The Seventh Global Scientific Conference in Jordan
The Seventh Global Scientific TEPHINET Conference is being organized in collaboration with Ministry of Health of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) with the traditional collaboration of the CDC and other partners.
We expect approximately 600 attendees from over fifty countries from November 10 -15, 2012. The theme for the conference is "Communicable and Non‐Communicable Diseases: Public Health Challenges for Response." It should stress the importance of focusing on non‐communicable diseases (NCD) especially in line with the high level of governments’ commitment on the topic. Also focusing on emerging infectious diseases was suggested along the lines of the current attention on many infectious diseases globally.
General information about TEPHINET’s scientific conferences is available on the TEPHINET website at www.tephinet.org.
The list below gives a description of the content generally covered at TEPHINET conferences; however the specific content and workshops for this global conference are yet to be confirmed.
Preliminary Content for the 7th Global Scientific Conference
Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions (general topics covered typically)
• Environmental and Occupational Health
• Food and Water Borne Diseases
• Respiratory Diseases
• Vaccine Preventable Diseases
• Vector Borne Diseases
• Non-Communicable Diseases
Plenary Sessions ( vary by conference, TBD)
Workshops (topics being considered by the scientific committee thus far)
• Provincial Epidemiology Capacity Development
• Implementation of the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and the International Health Regulations (IHR)
• Lab & Field Epidemiology Ethics in Public Health
• Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)
• Program Monitoring for Emerging Diseases (ProMED)
• Non-Communicable Diseases
Interested persons, organizations, programs or projects have the option to collaborate and sponsor a portion of the conference if they wish. Please refer to the attached form to learn more about the different ways to collaborate or provide sponsorship.
Please let us know if you need more information at this time. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.