Practice Brief ReportTraining Public Health AdvisorsMeyer, Pamela A. PhD; Brusuelas, Kristin M. MPH; Baden, Daniel J. MD; Duncan, Heather L. MPHAuthor Information Field Services Office (Drs Meyer and Baden and Ms Brusuelas) and Public Health Associate Program (Ms Duncan), Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. Correspondence: Pamela A. Meyer, PhD, Field Services Office, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Century Center Bldg 1825, MS E70, Atlanta, GA 30329 (email@example.com) The authors recognize the contributions of Glen Koops, Louise Galaska, and John Lisco for historical context, and Michelle Scott and Michele Mercier, for current program content accuracy. The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. None of the authors report conflicts of interest. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: November/December 2015 - Volume 21 - Issue 6 - p E19-E22 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000214 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Federal public health advisors provide guidance and assistance to health departments to improve public health program work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prepares them with specialized training in administering public health programs. This article describes the evolving training and is based on internal CDC documents and interviews. The first federal public health advisors worked in health departments to assist with controlling syphilis after World War II. Over time, more CDC prevention programs hired them. To meet emerging needs, 3 major changes occurred: the Public Health Prevention Service, a fellowship program, in 1999; the Public Health Associate Program in 2007; and integration of those programs. Key components of the updated training are competency-based training, field experience, supervision, recruitment and retention, and stakeholder support. The enduring strength of the training has been the experience in a public health agency developing practical skills for program implementation and management. This article describes the evolving training of federal public health advisors to provide guidance and assistance to health departments to improve public health program work. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.