Excellence in Epidemiology Awards

Indiana Epidemiology Newsletter
December 2007

Shawn M. Richards
Respiratory Epidemiologist

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has presented the Excellence in Epidemiology Award to 12 health care providers in Indiana. The Excellence in Epidemiology Award was developed to recognize outstanding contributions to epidemiology and public health surveillance. These recipients received the awards because of their partnership and participation in the influenza sentinel surveillance program. By their impressive 100 percent reporting record, they have greatly assisted the ISDH in identifying the specific types of influenza viruses circulating in Indiana. These awards were made possible by the federal Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity cooperative agreement. Award recipients are:

  • Dr. Jerrold Smith and Community Pediatrics, Indianapolis
  • Dr. Jeb Teichman and Jeffersonville Pediatrics, Jeffersonville
  • Fran Drake and the Indiana State University Health Center, Terre Haute
  • Patricia Brubaker and Notre Dame University Health Services, Notre Dame
  • Beth Meyer and the Switzerland County Nurse Managed Clinic, Vevay
  • Dr. Rex Allman, Winamac
  • Maureen Panares and Purdue University, Calumet
  • Dr. Joanne Guttman and the Brookville Medical Clinic, Brookville
  • Hendricks Regional Immediate Care, Plainfield
  • St. Vincent Mercy Hospital Emergency Department, Elwood
  • Family Health and Help Center, Rockville
  • Dr. Carl Kuenzli, Kokomo

ISDH Surveillance and Investigation representatives presented each award, a personally engraved and framed piece of art, to each of these providers. The ISDH congratulates these sentinel providers and looks forward to continuing to work with them to improve influenza surveillance in Indiana.

For more information on the ISDH influenza sentinel surveillance program, please contact Shawn Richards, ISDH Respiratory Epidemiologist, at 317.233.7125.