Host an Epi-Ready Workshop

Outbreak Response… Is Your Team Ready?

Give your team the tools and training to deal with a foodborne illness outbreak effectively and efficiently to minimize risk and negative outcomes. Epi-Ready workshops build an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the disciplines involved using course content developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 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

The host agency is responsible for providing a meeting venue with seating for 50 participants, audio visual (laptop and projector), beverages (coffee and tea), and snacks (optional but appreciated).

The two-day Epi-Ready workshop is delivered by three discipline-specific, experienced instructors.  A NEHA staff person will provide coordination and support throughout planning and during the workshop. 

Each participant in your group will receive:

  • NEHA Epi-Ready Manual

Measuring a Return on Your Investment

  • Practical experience in a simulated scenario to identify the source of an outbreak
  • Increased ability to recognize the contributing factors in an outbreak
  • Understanding of the complete outbreak response sequence and the role of each of the four disciplines involved (EH, public health, laboratory and epidemiology)
  • Familiarity with terms used in epidemiology and considerations for obtaining valid lab samples
  • Identify gaps in and ways to improve communications between members of the outbreak investigation team

If you would like to host a self-funded workshop or need more information, please email


EH Topics: 

  • "As district epidemiologist, I am in the process of working with our EH manager and EH specialists to create a database for passive surveillance by collecting and entering consistent data on all potential foodborne illness complaints. Our goal, specifically, is to collect quality data that can be readily analyzed. Such data does not currently exist for our district unless a foodborne illness is laboratory confirmed."
  • "Without the training I would not have collaborated with the food inspector, and we approached the situation jointly. The training was exceptional…"