FETP Frontline Surveillance Training (FETP-Frontline) is a 3-month in-service program focused on detecting and responding to diseases and events of public health importance or international concern.
Participants learn and practice the fundamental skills used in frontline surveillance including use of case definitions, disease detection and reporting, summarizing of data using simple tables and graphs, case investigation, outbreak investigation and response, surveillance monitoring and evaluation, and data analysis and interpretation for decision making.
Participants spend up to 12 days in three workshops in the classroom; they spend the remaining 8–10 weeks back at their jobs, where they conduct field projects to practice, implement, and reinforce what they have learned. These projects include creating a report with summary tables and charts of the surveillance data routinely collected at their agency; conducting monitoring, evaluation, and feedback visits at some of the reporting sites; performing a health problem analysis; and participating in a case or outbreak investigation.
Participants who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of completion signed by MOH and CDC officials.
The MOH can expect tangible results that benefit their health goals, including
- Increased capacity among staff to recognize public health problems pertinent to the population
- Increased completion and accuracy of surveillance data reporting and analysis at district and provincial levels
- Increased capacity among staff to provide a descriptive analysis of a public health problem
- Stronger culture of data-based decision making
- A network of well-trained surveillance officers in the country
The target audience is public health workers on the front lines of surveillance data collection, monitoring, analysis, and response. Often, a team of public health workers from a district — including the medical officer, surveillance officer, environmental officer, or others — participate in the training together. Public health workers from the regional and national levels are also welcome to participate, particularly to gain better understanding of the sources, strengths, and weaknesses of the data from the field, and to foster better communication among all levels of the MOH.
- Increase appreciation of the role of data among public health workers for monitoring the health of the community and for providing Information for decision making
- Improve basic surveillance data collection and analysis, interpretation, and communication
- Improve the quality and use of surveillance data for disease and outbreak detection
- Improve the sharing and dissemination of health information
- Improve response, including case investigation and outbreak investigation, to public health events
This workshop addresses the importance of surveillance; surveillance data collection, analysis, and interpretation; surveillance data quality assessment; monitoring and evaluation of reporting sites; and responding to surveillance findings.
Participants return to their jobs where they perform data quality audit and feedback visits to reporting sites, conduct an analysis of their office’s surveillance data analysis, and summarize their analysis in a brief written report.
In workshop 2, participants present their field projects. They also learn about outbreak investigation and response, specimen collection and transport, problem analysis, report writing, oral presentation skills and methods, and, optionally, stakeholder analysis.
Participants return to their jobs and complete any TWO of the following assignments:
- Conduct and write a report of a case investigation
- Participate in and write a report of an outbreak investigation
- Write an expanded surveillance summary report
- Conduct an analysis of surveillance quality problem and recommend improvements
Participants reconvene for final presentations and discussion. Those who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of completion.