CDC Peace Corps Work Group
About CDC Peace Corps Work Group
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Peace Corps Work Group (PCWG) membership is open to any CDC employee or contractor (in accordance with the terms of their contract) who has served as a Peace Corps volunteer and/or Peace Corps employee. Additionally, membership is open to any CDC employee or contractor who is not directly affiliated with Peace Corps but supports our shared mission of promoting a CDC approach to strengthen health systems through increased collaboration with the U.S. Peace Corps. Membership in this work group is open to these qualifying employees without regard to age, gender or gender identify, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
The CDC PCWG's mission is to advocate for and promote collaboration between the CDC and the Peace Corps in order to advance the strengthening of health systems at the community, district, county and global levels by bringing the unique perspective of Peace Corps Volunteers to program planning, implementation and evaluation; and to build a strategic relationship in furtherance of the goals of Peace Corps and the vision of CDC (healthy people in a healthy world, through prevention).
CDC PCWG's goals include, but are not limited to:
- Maintain a CDC RPCV database and an inventory of language capabilities among CDC RPCVs
- Advance the public health workforce by assisting in recruitment of qualified RPCVs for CDC positions.
- Assist in the development of mentorship programs by facilitating connections between (I) CDC field staff and current PCVs and (2) new CDC RPCVs and senior CDC employees
- Raise awareness of RPCV skills and promote opportunities for RPCVs to share country-specific information gained as part of their Peace Corps experience with CDC staff
- Serve as a repository of experience-based knowledge and skills aimed at improving the impact of village, district and state-level interventions to achieve the well-being of communities in Peace Corps countries
- Leverage CDC (non-monetary) resources and expertise to ensure Peace Corps public health programs achieve their goals