It's that exciting time of the year again! National DIS Recognition Day is on Friday - October 2nd (annually on the first Friday of October.) The special day that we set aside to praise, congratulate and honor the warriors of the STD prevention world, our treasured DIS! We hope you have plans to recognize the DIS in your jurisdiction and we would love to hear about it. Don't forget that the NCSD website provides several ideas for what you can do and samples of what jurisdictions have done in the past - certificates, pizza parties, tokens of appreciation, etc.
Leading up to this day of recognition, NCSD is asking everyone to show their love by taking a special picture to honor DIS across the country. Selfies, group shots, and creativity are encouraged! We have created DIS Recognition Day printable photo message templates, one version for color printing and another for black and white printing. There are four options that include, "DIS are important because...," "The future of DIS is...," "I love the DIS workforce because...," and a blank printable where you can place your own special message. The NCSD Staff shows you how it's done in the picture below.
Will you please send your pictures to LaTwyla Mathias by Wednesday, September 30th? We would like to tweet them and share on Facebook throughout the day on October 2nd.
Follow along on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #DISDay2015 and #DISRecognition.
For stories about what DIS do, visit our blog here. Below are some photos highlighting the day-to-day lives of a Disease Intervention Specialist.
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.
Video honoring 3rd Annual DIS Recognition Day, featuring Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention; William Smith, Executive Director of NCSD; and Dr. Gail Bolan, Director of the Division of STD Prevention. A letter from CDC leadership about DIS Recognition Day can also be found here.
In addition, our Surveillance staff was recognized with some candy treat making them O”fish”illy the best surveillance team.
Rebecca Sole, Supervisor, organized a DIS breakfast recognition party on 10/3/14. Rebecca and Patti created Certificates of Recognition which were signed and presented by Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health. Rebecca made up gift bags for each DIS with a Coffee Shop gift card, extra field notebooks, chocolate and balloons. DIS surprised Supervisor, Rebecca Sole, with beautiful flowers, a lunch gift card, chocolate, tea and heartfelt card. The celebration continued with breakfast pizzas, roasted beet and chicken salad, quiche, sweets and many other delicious treats brought by clinic staff.
Above: Disease Intervention Specialists in Los Angeles
Below Left: DIS pose for a picture in San Diego
Below Right: DIS working in a lab in Indiana
Just like we did last year, we asked DIS to submit stories about their work as DIS for a chance to win a free Annual Meeting registration.
THIS YEAR'S WINNER: This year's winner is Chuck Miller of Columbus, Ohio! Congratulations Chuck!!! Here is Chuck's story, 'We Never Know How Caring About Them Can Make a Difference to Someone.'
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.