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2019 Recipient of the Rick Heffernan Award for Public Health Practice Announced: Teresa Hamby!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cat Tong
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The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) and Rick Heffernan Award Committee is delighted to announce  Teresa Hamby, MSPH as the 2019 recipient of the  Rick Heffernan Award for Public Health Practice.
Teresa was nominated and selected for her decades' long commitment to public health, her tireless and selfless work ethic and her generous, compassionate personality. She has worked in public health for almost 25 years, serving in public health as a state surveillance epidemiologist, data coordinator, system developer, mentor, and policy consultant.  Teresa has also made contributions on a national level, taking on committee roles at increasing levels for ISDS and CSTE. She has been an ISDS member since 2002 and has made long-standing contributions to the Society to help bridge the gap between the public health practice and research communities, including participation and leadership in the Technical Conventions Committee, the Analytic Solutions Committee, and the Research Committee, as well as serving in an advisory capacity for the 3-year ISDS DTRA grant.

Colleagues have noted that "Teresa is a great resource for any public health challenge."  She "brings an excitement to her work that is contagious" and "she is always willing to share her experience and expertise."  Her colleagues know her as a dedicated public servant who "is willing to lead by example" and is "the first to volunteer for projects".  Her calm, cheerful manner and "tireless and resourceful service" are admired by those of us who have had the good fortune to work with her.  

We believe that Teresa honors the spirit of the man this award is named for and we ask the membership to join us in congratulating her.

The Award will be presented during the Award Ceremony at the ISDS Annual Conference in San Diego, CA, January 29 - February 1, 2018
ISDS appreciates the Rick Heffernan Award Committee for their time in helping to review the submitted nominations. The selection committee included Marc Paladini, MPH; Julie Pavlin, MD, PhD, MPH; and Atar Baer, MPH, PhD.


About the Award

This annual award was established to honor Rick Heffernan, an early leader in the field of biosurveillance, and founding member and constant supporter of ISDS, who passed away in February 2013. Please read more about Rick and the award here.


Teresa Hamby

Teresa Hamby is a data analyst on the surveillance staff of the Communicable Disease Service (CDS) of the New Jersey Department of Health. She began working with New Jersey's emergency department surveillance data in 2001 and provides technical expertise for surveillance activities within CDS and for the Department whose system has developed from faxed forms into a statewide electronic syndromic surveillance system. New Jersey has participated in post-Hurricane Sandy surveillance research and Ms. Hamby helped coordinate surveillance for Super Bowl XLVIII and the Pope's visit as part of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015. She is a native North Carolinian and received her MSPH in Health Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her degree, Ms. Hamby worked for nearly 6 years as an analyst in maternal and child health at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment before moving to back to the east coast and settling in New Jersey.


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