Building on their strong surveillance and response programs, FoodCORE centers work together to develop model practices for outbreak response. They do this so that others can learn from their experiences and replicate what works best. There is a lot of variability in the states that are part of FoodCORE, so practices that work across all of their systems will likely work in other states too.
Close communication and collaboration among these three disciplines is critical for timely and effective outbreak detection and response. Having relationships in place before an outbreak occurs is critical for establishing clear lines of communication. Delays or interruptions in communication and data sharing between team members can impede investigations; a prepared and coordinated team can work together to quickly solve and stop outbreaks, preventing additional illnesses.
The FoodCORE Model Practice: Communication and Collaboration describes successful strategies used in FoodCORE centers to establish and maintain connections among laboratorians, epidemiologists, and environmental health specialists.