​​​​​​​Due to the national response efforts to COVID–19, the 2020 InFORM Conference (originally scheduled for March 9–12 in Atlanta, GA) was cancelled. Questions concerning InFORM, please contact Kristy Kubota, manager, PulseNet, at kristy.kubota@aphl.org.  

​Plenary Web​​​inar Series​ #3​​
PUBLIC NOTICE: Disease Detectives, Media and the Transformation
of Poultry​

September 18, 2020 | 1:00 pm ET

Speake​​r: Maryn McKenna, journalist and author


Plenary Webinar Series #4
A  Systems Approach to Food Safety Governance: How to Maximize Feedback and Learning

September 25, 2020 | 1:00 PM ET​

Speaker: Timothy D. Lytton, JD, Georgia State University​​


​​​INFORM 2020 Award Recognitions​

We want to take a moment to celebrate a ​​few outstanding individuals who would have been recognized at the conference during the Awards Presentations. On behalf of the lnFORM Planning Committees and all our partners, please join us in congratulating the 2020 award winners:

PulseStar Awards

  • Matthew Sinn, Missouri State Public Health Laboratory
  • Vavara Kozyreva, PhD, California Depa​​rtment of Public Health
  • Gina Kline, State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa

Kati Kelley Award

​​Peter Gerner-Smidt, MD, DSc, (Retired) Chief, Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Bill Keene Excellence in Epidemiology Award:

Maritza Cru​​​z Cortes, MS, the Foodborne and Waterborne Surveillance Epidemiologist in the Office of Epidemiology and Investigation at the Puerto Rico Department of Health.

Jack Guzewich Award

Ernest Julian,Ph.D.,​​ the Chief Science Advisor to the Rhode Island Department of Health Academic Institute

Letter of Commendation from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

David Nicholas, the Chief Epidemiologis​​t, Outbreak Investigation and Research of the New York State Health Department

View a Recognition Slideshow of the Honorees​

Information Dissemination Upda​​te

The InFORM Executive Committee has continued discussing options for delivering content that would have been presented during the 2020 lnFORM Conference. Over the coming months, we hope to host webinars for some of the planned conference content. However, given the ongoing and intensive COVID-19 response activities, we anticipate these presentations or webinars will be scheduled later in the year.

Thank you all for your patience as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, we regret any inconvenience or disruption that cancelling InFORM 2020 may have caused. Thank you all for your continued support of the 2020 InFORM Conference. ​