Kim Quinn has devoted her career to serving public health for the past 31 years. From 1997 until her recent retirement, Kim worked at the Ohio Department of Health where she was responsible for writing grants, coordinating response to multi-jurisdictional outbreak investigations in Ohio, working with the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory on bioterrorism investigations, and participating on emergency response and Homeland Security committees. She also supervised surveillance and investigation efforts on large statewide outbreaks and potential outbreaks, including: botulism and potato salad (2015); monitoring travelers entering Ohio from Ebola-affected countries for infection (2014-2016); hepatitis A multistate outbreak (2018-2019); and COVID-19 (2020).
While working for the Ohio Department of Health, Kim also supervised epidemiologists and college interns for CDC’s FoodCORE project. FoodCORE seeks to provide rapid lab results coupled with timely interviews on exposure history for patients to solve outbreaks faster, focusing primarily on Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli. Kim oversaw numerous multistate outbreak investigations involving Ohio, including: E.coli - lettuce, flour, ground beef, bagged salad, Lebanon bologna, packaged cookie dough, sprouts; Salmonella – cantaloupe, sprouts, turtles, aquatic frogs, dog food, chicks; Listeria – leafy greens, unpasteurized cheese; Campylobacter – ground beef, puppies; Cyclospora - bagged salad.