Epi-Ready Team Training
Epi-Ready Team Training: Foodborne Illness Response Strategies
What Is Epi-Ready?
Developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Epi-Ready is a two-day in-person workshop for environmental and public health professionals with responsibility for investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks. With a team-based approach to training, Epi-Ready focuses on how to efficiently and effectively respond to an outbreak by understanding the roles and responsibilities of the disciplines involved—using the analogy of the 3-legged stool.
The Epi-Ready 3-legged stool represents a collaboration between the three disciplines involved in a foodborne illness investigation, environmental health specialists/sanitarians, epidemiologists and laboratory staff. The course also recognizes the important role of critical support players including but not limited to health educators, public health nurses, public information officers, and the food industry. Epi-Ready gives your team the tools and training to prevent a foodborne illness outbreak before it occurs.
- Workshop content is designed to follow the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) Guidelines.
- Information from the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illness was also used to inform the course contents.
- Topics are covered through a combination of lecture, question and answer sessions, interactive group exercises and final case study.
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Outbreak Response… Is Your Team Ready?
Reasons to Host an Epi-Ready Workshop on Foodborne Illness Response Strategies
- Proactive training for teams before an incident occurs
- Clear lines of communication and responsibilities within departments
- Improved collaboration between organizations and disciplines
- Reduced response time
- Staff and community confidence of having a well-trained team in place
"Ongoing conversation and collaboration between the epidemiologist and environmental health professionals has resulted directly from the workshop."
"Our district is restructuring our epi response team to include a dedicated foodborne outbreak "sub-team" and will construct district policies and procedures specific to this team."
"The workshop was excellent and the class helped the sanitarians that attended have a better working relationship with nurses and the different roles each would have in an outbreak of a foodborne disease. As a nurse it helped me have a better understanding how sanitarians felt and their responsibilities and roles."