Topics A to Z

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Detecting increases in self-reported foodborne illnesses and low report rates by medical providers, Kern County Environmental Health implemented an innovative approach to enhance collaboration between Environmental Health, public health, and the medical community.

The execution of the Foodborne Illness Surveillance Guidance Training for Medical Professionals became a successful method in communicating with the medical community and improving foodborne illness surveillance. This presentation provides an overview of the workshop design, challenges, results, and next steps that you may apply within your community.

July 2015
Diana Wilson, REHS/RS; and Kimberly Hernandez, MPH
Potential CE Credits: 1.00
Additional Topics A to Z: Pathogens and Outbreaks


Consumer-generated restaurant review sites offer a wealth of information about dining options. These sites are based on consumers’ experiences; therefore, it is useful to assess the relevance between restaurant review (for food quality) and retail food facilities (RFFs) inspection results (for sanitation) from health departments. This study analyzed New York City restaurant ratings on to determine if there was a relationship to RFFs’ violation scores for those same facilities found on the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene web pages. In addition, we assessed differences between RFFs defined on Yelp as quick service versus full service, and chains versus nonchains. Yelp ratings were found to be correlated only with sanitation in chain RFFs.

June 2016
June 2016
78.10 | 8-12
Haeik Park, MS, Jooho Kim, MTA, Barbara Almanza, PhD, RD


Recent outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases in the Americas indicate the need for the reinstatement of mosquito elimination efforts in the region. These efforts need to have buy-in from all governmental agencies within the region using a multidisciplinary effort with appropriate financial support.

September 2017
September 2017
80.2 | 26-27
Jennifer Ann Marie Calder, MPH, DVM, PhD, City of Stamford Department of Health, Columbia University