August 30, 2022 (Honolulu, HI) – Since 2015, 101 public health staff across all six U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs) completed the Data for Decision Making (DDM) courses and earned their Postgraduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology (PGCFE) from the Fiji National University (FNU). Staff members were trained as Epidemiology Technicians using the learning model “from work, at work, for work.” They collected, analyzed, interpreted, and communicated data from actual health agencies to improve the surveillance systems in their respective countries and jurisdictions. PGCFE alums are enthusiastic about how they are applying their DDM knowledge and skills to foster informed decision-making, improve in-country surveillance systems, and strengthen local public health capacity, and support public health emergency preparedness and response.

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