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National DIS Recognition Day

2nd Annual National DIS Recognition Day

October 4, 2013 (Annually on the first Friday in October)

Why

NEW THIS YEAR: DIS Featured Stories!

What You Can Do: Recognition Can Be Easy!

Click on the STD Programs above to find out what they did for DIS Recognition in 2012!

Sample Certificates, Flyers, etc.

 


 

Why:

  • DIS are the backbone of state and local STD/HIV programs.
  • DIS serve the most critical role in the reporting and controlling of the spread of STDs, HIV, TB and hepatitis.
  • DIS cover many miles in their attempt to assure all patients who are infected, or have been exposed to an infection, are notified and treated.
  • It is important to recognize those whose work often goes unrecognized.
  • DIS brave unsafe conditions, work weekends and nights and respond to crises outside of STD/HIV prevention including pertussis, H1N1 influenza, e-coli and other outbreaks.
  • DIS are silent heroes dedicated to serving the health of their communities.

NEW THIS YEAR: DIS Featured Stories!

To kick off the 2nd Annual National DIS Recognition Day NCSD is asking DIS field staff to submit stories to be shared with our membership. We want to hear about the funny, rewarding, scary, exciting, and illuminating stories and experiences that DIS have been involved in during their career! These stories will be published as part of a blog series and promoted on NCSD’s website.

In addition, the author of the featured story chosen as favorite by NCSD members will also receive complimentary registration to attend the NCSD 2014 Annual MeetingStories should be approximately 250-1000 words and submitted to Kelly Mayor by Friday - October 4th. Stories are more than welcome after that date for publication on our blog, but will not qualify for the story contest.

Like last year, we will also feature all other photos and stories from your DIS Recognition Day on our website, so plan, celebrate, and share the details with us to help recognize the Disease Intervention Specialists who help make your community safer and healthier every day.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kelly Mayor at kmayor@ncsddc.org.

What You Can Do: Recognition Can Be Easy!

Following the example set by the State of Florida, NCSD encourages project areas to acknowledge this day of recognition for all Disease Intervention Specialists in their county, city, state or territory. Here are some suggestions for making your DIS Recognition Day a success.

  • Present each DIS with a certificate on October 4th. Use this template or create your own. Bonus points if you bring in the director of your health department to do the presentation honors.
  • Consider promoting a Wellness Day--hire a massage therapist or a yoga instructor for an afternoon of rest and relaxation for your DIS
  • Bring in baked goods, breakfast, or pizza and host a mealtime celebration in honor of your DIS
  • See NCSD's press release for DIS Recognition Day 2012 and use it as inspiration to create your own using this editable template.
  • Share this letter of support and recognition from NCHHSTTP.
  • Purchase a small, useful gift for your DIS. Ideas include: a drink tumbler, insulated cooler bag, keychainpen, business card holder, or mug.
  • Tweet about DIS Recognition Day using #DISRecognition.  Or retweet messages from NCSD’s Twitter account, @NCSDdc.  Click here for sample tweets.
  • Request that your Health Commissioner and other appropriate individuals sign a proclamation using this proclamation template or by creating your own.
  • Recognize DIS simply by adding a message to your email signature line.
  • The following creed was created by the Florida Department of Health to honor their DIS.  Consider adopting this creed or creating your own.

DIS Creed
"I am a proud Disease Intervention Specialist, a highly skilled health professional who stops at nothing to prevent the consequences of communicable disease among those so unfortunate to be infected or exposed. My greatest reward is knowing I make a difference."

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kelly Mayor at kmayor@ncsddc.org

How STD Programs Celebrated 2012 National DIS Recogntion Day

 

Connecticut

Connecticut honored DIS Recognition Day through a blog post on CT Health Central, Healthcare’s Unsung Heroes: The DIS, by Liese Klein. 

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District of Columbia

The Washington, DC HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) recognized their Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) Thursday, October 4 with an afternoon BBQ in the courtyard of the TB Control & Chest Clinic on the grounds of the DC General Health Campus.  Of the 19 DIS in the Division of STD (14) and TB (5) Control, 17 were present to receive their framed certificate of
appreciation (each signed by the Interim DOH Director) and $25 gift card.  Please see the attached photo.  The celebration included delectables and dancing.   A good time was had by all!

DC DIS Picture

 

 

 

 

DC DOH's DIS Recognition Proclamation

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Florida

How the Hillsborough County Health Department Celebrated DIS Recognition Day

On October 3, 2012, Hillsborough County Health Department paused to celebrate Disease Intervention Specialist Day.  The first annual observance by the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) on the first Friday in October follows the State of Florida’s lead that established the practice in 2009. 

Of the many reasons why to recognize the Disease Intervention Specialists, NCSD’s proclamation states in part that:

  • DIS are often considered the backbone of state and local STD/HIV programs.
  • DIS serve the most critical role in the reporting and controlling of the spread of STDs, HIV, TB and hepatitis.
  • DIS cover many miles in their attempt to assure all patients who are infected, or have been exposed to an infection, are notified and treated.
  • DIS brave unsafe conditions, work weekends and nights and respond to crises outside of STD/HIV prevention including pertussis, H1N1 influenza, e-coli and other outbreaks.
  • DIS are silent heroes dedicated to serving the health of their communities. 

Our director, Dr. Holt and Disease Control’s senior leader, Ms. Faye Coe took time from their schedules to join the festivities in present certificates of recognition to the staff (not only DIS, but also those working in Surveillance functions) from the TB, HIV/AIDS and STD programs.

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Hillsborough County Health Department's DIS Recognition Certificate

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Maryland

Celebrated DIS Recognition Day by issuing a Press Release, publishing National DIS Recognition Day Tweets, and writing a DIS Thank You Card.

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Oklahoma

The state of Oklahoma was very proud to celebrate the 1st Annual National DIS Day!  The Oklahoma State Department of Health provided each DIS a certificate.  There was a “banner” placed on the agency intranet recognizing the date. Snacks were provided for the DIS to celebrate.  A nice thank you note was created highlighting many of the personal accomplishments of each of the local DIS.

DIS Recognition

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Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health celebrated DIS recognition day by having a breakfast, and invited our present and former DIS to attend. Staff got to tell where and when they started, and what they were doing now (it showed staff how DIS at one time were the entry way to many careers in public health). Then everyone shared stories about "exciting" or interesting things that they experienced as DIS. Staff really enjoyed it! 

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Texas

Texas had a variety of events that occurred across the state to recognize DIS. 

110 certificates were produced statewide and the STD/HIV Public Health Follow Up team at DSHS all signed them and we put them in certificate holders. Each of the program managers made sure to give them out at their respective celebrations. (See below)

Here is what each program did: 

Austin-TravisCounty:  The PM and Communicable Disease Manager took their 3 DIS out to lunch.  They also plan to have an article in the next quarterly newsletter about the DIS and what they do.

Amarillo:  Had a come and go reception for their DIS

Corpus Christi:  Had a monstrous cake (made by the program manager) and then they took the DIS to lunch and had specially designed candy bars made up.  The Program Manager also e-mailed all the managers from the other programs and encouraged them to send an e-mail or call the DIS to wish them well.

DallasCounty:  Reserved the RecCenter for the day.  They prepared breakfast for the DIS and then had team building and other games where persons could win a medal.  They served lunch and cake with all the DIS names on it.  They also had the DIS Creed printed and laminated and they stood in a circle and recited it all together. 

San Antonio:  Had a barbeque luncheon and they also recognized former DIS who had moved into another program over the past year.  They also had team building games and laminated the DIS Creed.  They plan to have a notice about the events in the next newsletter. 

Houston:  Had lunch at an Italian restaurant and then had a video of DIS working through the year at varied events, etc.  They also gave out a few awards in addition to the certificates from the State. 

Region 6/5 in the Houston area:  Served breakfast and had the Deputy Regional Director come and present the certificates and spend some time talking with the DIS about their role in serving the public and the health of the community.

Region 4/5 in the Tyler area:  Had pizza and cake and the Medical Director and Deputy Regional Director presented the certificates and a stainless steel beverage mug

Region 7 in the Temple area:  The Program Manager and FLS cooked breakfast.

Region 11 in the Harlingen area:  The Program Manager had all the staff over to his home on Saturday for barbeque, fishing and kayaking. 

Galveston:  “Every day is DIS Appreciation Day” as the program manager serves burgers every week and each month recognizes one of the DIS that is doing an exceptional job by taking them to a movie and providing the popcorn/drink too!

TX DIS cake

 

 

 

 

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Wisconsin

The City of Milwaukee STD/HIV Control Program Senior staff arranged a luncheon to celebrate DIS Recognition Day.  The Bureau Director presented each CDS with a Certificate of Recognition signed by the City of Milwaukee Commissioner of Health. 

 

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Below are samples of products that other states have created for their DIS that you can consider duplicating in your area.

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