About

Washington State Department of Health

School of Public Health, University of Washington

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

The Washington State Department of Health and University of Washington School of Public Health were selected as an Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (CoE) in 2019. We are honored to serve as the CoE for the Western Region, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam.

This joint venture combines academic and public health expertise to strengthen foodborne illness outbreak detection and response in Washington and nationwide. The Washington CoE will identify food safety best practices and serve as a regional resource for training and workforce development.

The Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence program was established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Washington joins the existing regional centers in Colorado, Minnesota, New York, and Tennessee.

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) at the University of Washington serves as a regional training hub and provides instructional design, web design, and graphic design for the Washington Center of Excellence.

Janet Baseman

Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH
Co-director, University of Washington
jbaseman@uw.edu

Janet Baseman is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health, and co-director of the Washington Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. Dr. Baseman conducts research in the areas of infectious disease epidemiology, public health informatics, and public health emergency preparedness and response. She teaches an undergraduate course, EPI 201: Outbreak Investigation and Response, and is the director of the UW Student Epidemic Action Leaders (SEAL) Team, a program that trains students in applied epidemiology and connects them with time-sensitive field assignment opportunities in state and local public health agencies.

Beth Melius

Beth Melius, RN, MN, MPH
Co-director, Washington State Department of Health
beth.melius@doh.wa.gov

Beth Melius is the lead Foodborne and Enteric Disease Epidemiologist for the Washington State Department of Health Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, and co-director of the Washington Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Nursing, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. Her background is diverse with experience in trauma nursing, international public health, hospital infection prevention, and public health program management. Prior to working for the state of Washington, Beth spent two years as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, leading outbreaks with Indian Health Services (IHS) in Albuquerque, NM and nationally.

David Coomes

David Coomes, MPH, MPA
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington
dcoomes@uw.edu

David Coomes is an epidemiology PhD student at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He has worked on multiple public health projects with the Washington State Department of Health, including updates to the statewide notifiable condition reporting system, and the bi-annual Healthy Youth Survey. David earned both a Master in Public Health in Global Health, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington where he focused on nutrition and agricultural development. Prior to working in public health, David worked as a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service.

Anne Massey

Anne Massey, MPH
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington
aemassey@uw.edu

Anne Massey is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Western Washington University and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Washington. Anne has worked on applied epidemiology projects at both the local and state level, including her MPH practicum which focused on foodborne illness outbreak response material and resource development. Prior to entering the PhD program, Anne worked as an Epidemiologist in the Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology at the Washington State Department of Health.

Meelay Tellier

Waimon “Meelay” Tellier, MPH
Foodborne and Enteric Disease Epidemiologist, Washington State Department of Health
meelay.tellier@doh.wa.gov

Waimon “Meelay” Tellier is a Foodborne and Enteric Disease Epidemiologist for the Washington State Department of Health Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology and a coordinator for the Washington Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. Meelay attended Northern Illinois University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health, concentrating in Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness. Meelay earned her Master of Public Health with certifications in Epidemiology and Health Education and Promotion from Benedictine University. She has a diverse background in environmental health, community health, and communicable disease epidemiology and has strong program development, training, and quality improvement experience.