FoodCORE Center: Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Yale School of Public Health, received federal funding beginning in 2012 to establish the Connecticut-FoodCORE program. Connecticut-FoodCORE collaborates with 76 local and tribal health departments in the state to improve detection, investigation and response to foodborne disease outbreaks.
“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
Year joined FoodCORE: 2012
Population: 3.5 M
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
- Conducted trainings for local health department staff
- Developed foodborne outbreak investigation manual for local health departments
- Conducted environmental health assessments for all foodborne outbreaks
Since 2012, Connecticut FoodCORE has hired and trained a student team to provide added epidemiologic capacity. In addition to interviewing all STEC and Listeria cases, the student team also works closely with local health departments to help interview patients with Salmonella infections. The team has made significant contributions to several in-state and multistate outbreak investigations 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, 86% of people with Salmonella infections were interviewed in 2015 by either Connecticut FoodCORE or local health departments. Working closely with Connecticut FoodNet, the FoodCORE team has also assisted with other foodborne surveillance activities and projects.
* Total number of Salmonella infections by year: 2009 (n=430), 2010 (n=493), 2011 (n-470), 2012 (n=455), 2013 (n=444), 2014 (n=464), 2015 and (n=444)
- FoodCORE - Foodborne Diseases Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement, Connecticut Emerging Infections Program, Yale School of Public HealthExternal
- Foodborne Pathogens Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), Connecticut Department of Public HealthExternal
- Connecticut Emerging Infections Program, Yale School of Public HealthExternal
- Food Protection Program, Connecticut Department of Public HealthExternal
- Public Health Laboratory, Connecticut Department of Public HealthExternal