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