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FoodCORE Center: Connecticut

Photo of Connecticut-FoodCORE Student Team “We, as students, have been afforded the opportunity to share in the ownership of this new program. The collaboration between FoodCORE, FoodNet and the Department of Public Health epidemiologists creates a unique atmosphere for learning and working as a team.”

Connecticut-FoodCORE Student Team

At A Glance

Year joined FoodCORE: 2012
Population: 3.5 M
Structure: Decentralized
Number of local and tribal health departments: 76


  • Created a student interview team comprised of Yale students
  • Increased capacity for centralized interviewing
  • Increased capacity for more timely interviews


  • Increased capacity for DNA fingerprinting (PFGE)
  • Increased capacity for molecular serotyping of Salmonella

Environmental Health

  • Conducted trainings for local health department staff
  • Developed foodborne outbreak investigation manual for local health departments
  • Conducted environmental health assessments for all foodborne outbreaks

Program Highlight

In early 2012, Connecticut-FoodCORE hired, trained, and launched a student interview team that now provides added epidemiologic capacity. They have made significant contributions to several in-state and multistate outbreak investigations. The team also works closely with local health departments to help interview patients with Salmonella infections and provides surge capacity to the Connecticut Department of Public Health and local health departments during outbreak investigations.

As a result of the Connecticut-FoodCORE program, improvements in Salmonella interviews have occurred. Complete and timely interviews help solve foodborne outbreak investigations. During 2009-2011, 51% of people with Salmonella infections were interviewed. By contrast, since Connecticut joined FoodCORE in 2012, 82% of people with Salmonella infections were interviewed by either local health departments or Connecticut-FoodCORE.