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CDC FoodCORE Team

Congratulations to FoodCORE, winner of the 2013 National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Honor Award for Excellence in Surveillance and Health Monitoring: Domestic

What does the CDC FoodCORE team do?

  • Promote successful models and methods developed within FoodCORE for evaluating and improving outbreak response capabilities
  • Manage ongoing project activities, including routine communications and conference calls with all FoodCORE centers and organizing and facilitating in-person meetings with FoodCORE centers (site visits and annual vision meetings)
  • Find and promote opportunities for collaborations between FoodCORE centers and other public health programs, such as PulseNet, FoodNet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Rapid Response Teams (FDA-RRTs), and the Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net)
  • Create and manage tools and resources for FoodCORE participants and partners

Staff Information

Ian Williams, PhD, MS
Dr. Ian Williams is the Chief of the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch (ORPB) of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.  ORPB helps coordinate the national network of epidemiologists and other public health officials who investigate outbreaks of foodborne, waterborne, and other enteric illnesses in the United States. Dr. Williams is a graduate of CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service Program. He received a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and has a Masters of Science degree in Preventive Medicine from the Ohio State University. He has worked at the CDC since 1994 and has been involved in a number of multistate outbreak investigations leading to the identification and recall of food products.

Gwen Biggerstaff, MSPH
Gwen Biggerstaff is an epidemiologist in the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.  Gwen received a Masters of Science degree in Public Health from the Emory University Rollins School Public Health in 2005. She has worked as a foodborne disease epidemiologist at the CDC since 2006 and has been involved in helping to coordinate numerous multistate foodborne outbreak investigations. Gwen coordinates the FoodCORE program, providing technical, scientific, epidemiologic, and logistic support for program participants and partners.

Kate Meehan, MPH
Kate Meehan is a Public Health Advisor in the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases. Kate received a Masters of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2012.  She joined the FoodCORE team in 2014 and assists with coordination and program support for FoodCORE participants and partners.

Elizabeth Pace, MPH
Elizabeth Pace is a Public Health Advisor in the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases. Elizabeth received a Masters of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2013. She joined CDC in 2014 and works jointly with the FoodCORE program and the Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence . Elizabeth provides support to participants and partners of both programs.

Contact Information

Phone: (404) 639-2214
Email: FoodCORE@cdc.gov

 
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