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In this webinar, Michelle Torok, PhD, and Ingrid Hewitson, MPH, from the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, will present two approaches Colorado is using to support local enteric disease surveillance programs during the pandemic.
Case interviews are foundational to enteric disease control. Typically conducted by telephone at the local level in Colorado, these interviews are time and resource intensive. Currently, most local public health agencies (LPHAs) in Colorado are prioritizing pandemic response and are unable to interview routine enteric disease cases.
To support LPHAs, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment worked with the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (CO CoE) to develop, implement, and evaluate (1) a student interviewer team and (2) an online survey to obtain case interview data for enteric pathogens.
Dr. Torok received a Master of Public Health in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in foodborne disease epidemiology at the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness and the National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Diseases in New Zealand. Her main research interest is infectious disease epidemiology, including foodborne/enteric disease epidemiology and outbreak investigation.
Ingrid Hewitson earned a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. She began working at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2012 as an environmental protection specialist. In 2017, Ingrid became an epidemiologist with the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. Her emphasis is in foodborne outbreaks, data analysis, training, and developing new tools and resources to assist foodborne illness investigations.