The University of Washington School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health are partnering to lead a new Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. Designated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Washington Center of Excellence (CoE) will join four existing national centers working to improve foodborne illness surveillance and outbreak investigation.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Department of Health on these efforts,” said Dr. Janet Baseman, associate dean for public health practice in the UW School of Public Health. “The new Washington CoE will serve as an important resource hub for public health agencies across our region. It provides us the opportunity to develop and support the implementation of best practices in epidemiological and environmental aspects of foodborne outbreaks.”
The Washington CoE will serve as a regional resource for training and workforce development for local, state and regional public health professionals in Alaska, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 15