The restaurant inspection process
should be advantageous for both the
EHS and restaurateur, who both share
the goal of serving safe food to consumers. The results of this study indicate
that improvements can be made to increase positive interactions between
restaurateurs and EHS as they evaluate
food safety practices. This study may
prove useful for other communities who
wish to evaluate local-level food safety
Health Leadership Institute staff; the
Kansas Department of Health and Envi-ronment/Kansas Department of Agriculture; and the restaurateurs and
foodservice workers of Johnson County
who took time out of their busy schedule to participate in the focus groups.
The authors would like to acknowledge the following: Kansas Public
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Aqualia L. Nelson, MS, REHS/RS, is at the Munson Army Health Center. She may be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aiko Allen, MS, is an independent public health consultant in Wichita, KS.
Suzanne R. Hawley, Ph.D., MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Theresa St. Romain, MA, is a Senior Coordinator in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.
Shirley A. Orr, MHS, ARNP, NEA-BC, is Director of Local Health within the
Bureau of Local and Rural Health at the Kansas Department of Health and
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