Based on results of the 2016 NYCoE regional Needs Assessment survey, whole genome sequencing (WGS) and its applications to foodborne outbreak surveillance and investigations clearly emerged as a "training need". To address this, the NYCoE is hosting online WGS community learning groups, a monthly "grand rounds"-type discussion to go over actual cases encountered by regional partner states, and share ideas and questions within the regional partners. These are case-based, discussion-driven web conferences where the spirit of collaboration and information exchange are the expectation, and where current and best-practices can be communicated, strengthening and calling on the spirit of the Learning Collaborative.
- 1) a 10-minute introduction by a subject-matter expert (SME) on a topic of relevance to the case, if requested by the case presenter(s),
- 2) a 20-minute presentation of a foodborne outbreak investigation where WGS was used, either to solve or to obfuscate the case
- 3) a 30-minute discussion period where all participants share advice, ask questions, collaborate on a solution, etc.
September 20, 2016 (2-3pm):
Case presented by: New York State Department of Health
SME: Madhu Anand, NYSDOH (Epi)
Moderators: Paula Huth (Epi) and Bill Wolfgang (Lab), NYSDOH
(A partial recording for this session is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
October 26, 2016 (10-11am):
Case presented by: Connecticut Department of Public Health
November 30, 2016 (2:30-3:30pm):
Case presented by Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Break for holidays
January 2017 (time and date TBD):
Presenter, date, time TBD