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Public Health Dynamics Seminars

Monday, April 9 - Developing a Platform for Monitoring Foodborne Illness and Unsafe Foods

Elaine Nsoesie, PhD

Associate Professor of Global Health
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
University of Washington

Monday, April 9, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 PM
1149 Public Health (New Location)

Abstract:

Illness from diseases caused by the consumption of unsafe foods is a global public health problem. However, foodborne illnesses and outbreaks are underreported. To improve surveillance of foodborne illnesses, public health researchers and practitioners are using non-traditional data from social media, business and product review sites, and crowdsourcing platforms for monitoring reports of food poisoning, targeted restaurant inspections and to identify outbreaks not reported to traditional systems. This talk will cover the use of data from these non-traditional data sources for foodborne illness and outbreak surveillance in cities across the United States.

About the speaker:

Elaine NsoesieElaine Nsoesie is an Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington. She has a PhD in Computational Epidemiology from the Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program at Virginia Tech. She also has an MS in Statistics and a BS in Mathematics. She is interested in the use of digital data and technology to improve population health. Her research is focused on the development of statistical and computational approaches for public health surveillance and disease forecasting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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