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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session A 12

The Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net): A Collaborative Forum for Investigating the Environmental Causes of Food and Waterborne Disease

Description of Session

The Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net) provides a collaborative forum similar to and compatible with FoodNet (NCZVED) to answer food and water-specific surveillance, epidemiologic, behavioral, and environmental health research questions and to identify emerging public health issues. EHS-Net originated from within FoodNet in 2000, with the original objective of systematically evaluating environmental factors (or “environmental antecedents”) that contribute to the transmission of foodborne illnesses and outbreaks associated with restaurants. Since that time, EHS-Net has expanded to include a water component specifically aimed at improving detection, investigation, and reporting of waterborne disease outbreaks. By bringing together environmental health specialists, epidemiologists, and laboratorians at the local, state, and federal levels, EHS-Net provides the type of cross-disciplinary cooperation necessary to understand the complex issues related to the environmental causes of food and waterborne diseases.

This session will discuss in further detail the reasons why EHS-Net was developed as well as projects related to both food and waterborne disease that have been implemented in one or more of the nine EHS-Net partner states.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Carol Selman, BS

Presenter 1: Tim Jones

Title of Presentation: Environmental Causes of Foodborne Disease

Presenter 2: Sharon Roy, MD

Title of Presentation: The Missing Link in Waterborne Outbreak Investigations: Environmental Health Assessments

Presenter 3: David Nicholas, MPH

Title of Presentation: Implementing an Environmental Health Component into Food and Waterborne Disease Prevention Programs: The EHS-Net Experience in New York