The ISDS Volunteer Awards were established in 2018 to recognize members who went above-and-beyond to contribute their time and expertise to help the health surveillance community grow. These awards are presented annually at the ISDS Conference and are awarded to standout individuals based on recorded volunteer hours and interactions with community members and staff. The categories of Volunteer Awards and their descriptions are detailed below.
Outstanding Dedication to Public Health Practice
This award is given to an individual who regularly and repeatedly offers their time and knowledge to support the syndromic surveillance community in whatever activities are needed to further advance public health practice. This individual consistency volunteers across multiple projects and program areas and is always willing to “jump in and get the job done.”
Outstanding Engagement in Public Health Practice
This award is given to an individual who consistently works to engage community members in public health collaborations and works continually to connect groups and jurisdictions to assist in the sharing of knowledge and resources.
Outstanding Innovation in Public Health Practice
This award is given to an individual who utilized technical expertise to generate innovative solutions advancing the syndromic surveillance practice of the community and public health in general.
The Pioneer Award
This award is given to an individual who is willing to take on a brand new challenge by pioneering a new endeavor to address a major need within the public health community. This individual has made significant contributions to the empowerment of public health practitioners across the community.
Stay tuned for the announcement about the 2019 Volunteer Award recipients at the ISDS Conference!