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NACCHO Sharing Session: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Investigating Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
Foodborne illness in the United States is estimated to sicken 48 million people, cause more than 128,000 hospitalizations, and lead to 3,000 deaths every year. A multidisciplinary approach to investigating foodborne illness outbreaks involving staff from environmental health, epidemiology, laboratory, and communications allows local health departments to efficiently detect cases and mitigate future exposures. NACCHO invites you to learn about Public Health – Seattle & King County’s (PHSKC) experience partnering across these four main disciplines (four legged stool) to address foodborne illnesses in their community as it unfolds live from the start of notification to conclusion, including successes, challenges, and lessons learned.


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
•Explain strategies employed by one local health department to partner across divisions for investigating foodborne illness outbreaks
•Understand how team collaboration facilitates interventions and response efforts
•Summarize the public disclosure process, including when and what to post
•Describe lessons learned from the collaborative outbreak investigation process

Jun 26, 2019 2:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Elysia Gonzales,
Foodborne Illness and Enteric Diseases Program Manager @at Public Health – Seattle & King County
Elysia Gonzales, MPH, RN, is the Foodborne Illness and Enteric Diseases Program Manager at Public Health – Seattle & King County’s (PHSKC) Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section has worked over 15 years in Public Health, at both the local and state level, which includes eight years in communicable disease epidemiology. Elysia supervises disease investigators on enteric disease surveillance and outbreak investigations, including coordination with PHSKC Environmental Health and Communications, local, state, and federal partners. Elysia received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Washington.
Doug Dyer
Health and Environmental Investigator III @Public Health-Seattle and King County
Doug Dyer, RS-Health and Environmental Investigator III, Public Health-Seattle and King County (PHSKC) has 20 years of experience working in various Environmental Health program capacities including food, recreational water, onsite sewage treatment, lodging safety, drinking water protection, and plan review of regulated facilities. Before relocating to Washington Doug worked for the City of Bloomington (Minnesota) Environmental Health Division and Washington County (Minnesota) Department of Public Health and Environment. A few highlights of his environmental health career include coordinating multi-jurisdictional regulatory training activities during the 2008 Republican National Convention; actively participating in the State of Minnesota Lodging Code Advisory Group; supporting the City of Minneapolis Environmental Health program during Super Bowl 52; leading PHSKC’s Foodborne Illness Investigation Team (FIIT); and supporting PHSKC’s efforts to achieve compliance with FDA’s Voluntary
Ki Straughn
Environmental Health Services Supervisor @Public Health – Seattle & King County
Ki has over 30 years of experience in Environmental Health with current focus in areas of quality assurance, professional development trainings and program alignment with FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRP), Washington State code revisions with 2017 FDA Food Code and in Foodborne Illness Investigations. Ki has presented at multiple conferences including NACCHO Mentorship, FDA Conferences and will be for upcoming 2019 NEHA AEC on the topic of "Sustaining Efforts to Achieve Conformance with the Retail Program Standards." She currently serves as Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) seat for NACCHO and is a Co-Lead Identify Development Team. She has also been instrumental in securing multiple AFDO Grants, regional trainings for Pacific Northwest region including Epi-Ready and HACCP/Special Processes, lead for 6th/7th Cohort NACCHO Mentorship Programs and is on several committees for Conference of Food Protection Council 2.