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Infectious Disease: Enteric Diseases

In 2017, the Food Safety Subcommittee changed its name and scope to the Enteric Diseases Subcommittee. This group is made up of public health professionals dedicated to building epidemiology capacity for the detection and prevention of illness due to enteric pathogens from foodborne, waterborne, and zoonotic transmission routes. The Enteric Diseases Subcommittee will be conducting an assessment of Food Safety epidemiology capacity in the fall of 2017; the findings and recommendations from which will be compiled into a summary report. Annually, the Subcommittee hosts a webinar series and topics are solicited from membership on an ongoing basis.


CSTE co-chairs the
Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak and Response (CIFOR), a multidisciplinary collaboration of diverse national associations and federal agencies whose goal is to improve methods at the local, state, and federal levels to detect, investigate, control, and prevent foodborne disease outbreaks.  As a founding member of CIFOR, CSTE works to identify barriers to rapid, accurate detection and investigation of foodborne disease outbreaks.  CSTE proposes projects to address these barriers, notably those that impede epidemiologic response to foodborne illness.  For more information about CIFOR, contact info@cifor.us.


 CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response and companion Toolkit, Second Edition

The CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response serve as a comprehensive source of information on foodborne disease outbreak investigation and control for state and local health agencies. The Guidelines describe the overall approach to addressing foodborne disease outbreaks, including preparation, detection, investigation, control and follow-up, and the roles of key organizations in foodborne disease outbreaks.

 Designed to aid in the implementation of the Guidelines, CIFOR created a companion CIFOR Toolkit that contains a series of worksheets and “keys to success” (model program activities). The CIFOR Toolkit helps state and local health departments understand the contents of the Guidelines, furthers their ability to conduct self-assessments of their outbreak detection and investigation procedures, and facilitates implementation of appropriate recommendations from the nine chapters in the Guidelines.


CIFOR Metrics Project

CIFOR developed standardized performance criteria and metrics promote a common understanding of the key elements of surveillance, outbreak investigation, and control activities. The CIFOR Metrics facilitate training of staff, allow for program evaluation, identify specific needs for improvement, and help agencies demonstrate their public health effectiveness.

CIFOR Law Project

In 2013, CIFOR conducted an analysis of foodborne disease surveillance and investigation laws in selected states. Additional tools created through this work include a public health practitioner handbook for the implementation of foodborne disease surveillance and investigation laws and a menu of recommended legal provisions for consideration by state and local public health officials and policy makers. These tools help state and local public health agencies improve legal preparedness for foodborne disease detection and outbreak response.

  • The Analysis of State Legal Authorities describes and analyzes the types of state legal authorities currently available to conduct foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak response activities.
  • The Menu of Legal Options can be considered by state public health officials and policy makers when reviewing their jurisdiction’s legal authorities to conduct foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak response actions.

Epi-Ready Team Training Course

The Epi-Ready course is a team-based training for public health professionals involved in foodborne disease outbreak investigations. CSTE will be releasing the second revision for this training course working with consultant Joseph Russell in 2019.  This version includes instructor and student manuals as well as slides and additional materials.           

Instructional Training for the Public Health Professional was developed as a guide for public health professionals tasked with training adult leaners on various topics of public health.  This manual and the associated slides are intended to be suggestions on how to be effective trainers and by no means encompasses all available knowledge on adult learning or instructional training.

For more information about the Enteric Diseases Subcommittees and their activities, please contact Monica Schroeder. Click here to view other Infectious Disease Steering Committee activities.


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