The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Health epidemiologist pictured on the left, was in the process of performing a physical activity assessment interview with a Guatemalan woman, who was living in a rural region of the country. Data acquisition by way of surveys, or history and physical assessments, is a key step in any well-founded epidemiologic investigation. The epidemiologists will collate, and further analyze the responses to this survey, and thereafter, determine their next steps in the epidemiologic process.
“CDC established the Central America Regional Office in Guatemala in 2005. It grew out of a field station created in El Salvador in the 1960s. This evolution required a shift from functioning in a single country with a focus on entomology and parasitology to a regional office that works in eight countries and aims to strengthen capacity to detect, prevent, and control disease and respond to public health threats.”
For more on what the CDC is doing in Guatemala, please visit the link below.