CIFOR Toolkit Second Edition Now Available

A new edition of the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response’s (CIFOR’s) toolkit for the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response is now available for download. The second edition toolkit aids in the use of the guidelines, and furthers the ability of state and local health departments to conduct a self-assessment of outbreak detection and investigation procedures, and to implement guideline recommendations.

CIFOR is a multidisciplinary collaboration of eight national associations, including NACCHO, and three federal public health agencies whose goal is to improve methods at the state, local, and federal levels to detect, investigate, control, and prevent foodborne disease outbreaks.

The updated toolkit walks public health practitioners through a series of worksheets divided into 11 focus areas designed to help jurisdictions identify the recommendations that would be most useful for their communities. The toolkit covers the most critical elements of outbreak response, including: describing current activities and procedures, prioritizing CIFOR guideline recommendations to address needed improvements, and making plans to implement the selected recommendations.

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About Katie Regan

Katie Regan serves as the Communications Specialist for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices through NACCHO's various storytelling and communications channels. Twitter: @katiejregan

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