Interviewer Toolkit

This Interview Toolkit is a 2-page handout that guides new staff, students, and interns through conducting an interview as part of foodborne illness surveillance and outbreak investigations. The Toolkit links to suggested trainings and resources on interview skills from the Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence.​   


Media Communication Toolkit

The Media Communication toolkit is a two-page handout that provides public health professionals with tips, tools, and resources for successfully interacting with the media. Step-by-step instructions for preparing for an interview are highlighted with simple checklists. Links to sample questions and news releases are included, as are templates that may be adapted to fit specific situations. 


Firm Communication Toolkit ​

The Industry Relations toolkit is a two-page handout that provides public health professionals with tips, tools, and resources for successfully interacting with a company or business implicated in a foodborne illness outbreak. Tips for getting the information you need are included as well as forms and templates that can be adapted to fit a specific outbreak. Links to factsheets, guides, and other resources that can be provided to the facility to help them understand the outbreak are also included.  Click here to go to the tools 


Hypothesis Generation Toolkit

The Hypothesis Generation Toolkit is a two-page handout that provides public health professionals with tips, tools, and resources for successfully generating a hypothesis during a foodborne illness outbreak. Guidelines to consider when developing an effective hypothesis are highlighted. Links are provided to a variety of hypothesis-generating resources, including questionnaires and food-pathogen pairs​

Foodborne competencies epidemiology September 2020

This competency set represents the set of knowledge and skills desirable for epidemiologists engaged in foodborne illness outbreak detection, investigation, and response at local and state public health agencies. These competencies build on the Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies (AECs) developed by the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Logic model for program evaluation

​The goal of this logic model is to communicate to stakeholders the purpose of the CO CoE, its intended results and the causal pathways leading to these results. The model consists of a graphical representation of the inputs (resources), activities, outputs (tangible results of the activities) and outcomes (desired results of the program; broken down by short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes). Specific indicators for measuring outputs and outcomes are also provided. 


Training needs assessment core questions

The Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence (CoE) Training and Education Workgroup has developed core questions to improve compatibility and standardization between surveys and assessments that evaluate training needs. These questions are not exhaustive but serve as a core set of questions to include in more comprehensive training needs assessments of public health agencies on needs related to foodborne illness outbreak detection and investigation. 

The core questions were developed to be used in multiple survey styles and sampling schemes. The primary intended audience for these core questions are state and local public health agencies, and the questions are structured such that the participant would answer on behalf of the agency, as opposed to individual needs.


Foodborne illness complaint form

​This tool is a standard form to collect information about foodborne illness complaints in a manner that assists in the detection and investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks. 

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Food Source Information Wiki ​​

The Food Source Information Wiki​ provides public health professionals with rapid access to basic information on production practices and food distribution systems for a range of agricultural food products, from farm to fork. The goal of the Wiki is to better equip outbreak responders to determine the cause of a foodborne outbreak and factors contributing to food contamination.   


CDPHE bleach guidance

This document summarizes the new bleach recommendations for suspected and confirmed norovirus outbreaks. 

CIFOR self-assessments

The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) was established in 2006 to improve methods at the local, state, and federal levels to detect, investigate, control, and prevent foodborne disease outbreaks. The CIFOR Toolkit is intended to further the ability of state and local health departments to understand the contents of the CIFOR Guidelines, to conduct a self-assessment of their outbreak detection and investigation procedures, and to implement appropriate recommendations from the nine chapters in the Guidelines. The Toolkit walks public health practitioners through a series of eleven "Focus Areas" using topic-specific worksheets for each Focus Area. 

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CIFOR performance measures

The CIFOR guidelines identify performance indicators for foodborne disease programs, which are divided into foodborne disease program objectives and indicators (short-term, intermediate, and long-term) and major performance indicators and metrics for program evaluation (for local and state communicable disease, environmental health, and laboratory programs). Using state outbreak data, the Colorado CoE will evaluate (or facilitate evaluation) of the metrics.  

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Outbreak technical assistance

The CoE can provide guidance with questionnaire design, interviewing, database management, Epi Info, data analysis, and many other technical steps in a foodborne outbreak investigation. 

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Outbreak hotwash facilitation

Has your agency recently investigated a foodborne outbreak? Are you in need of a hot wash or debriefing? The CoE can facilitate this discussion. 

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