NCSD asked members to show their love by sharing their pictures and activities from 2016 National DIS Recognition Day to show how they honored DIS across the country.
South Dakota selected Ashley Klatt (DIS Watertown), and Summer Gillaspie (DIS Rapid City) as their DIS of the year.
Florida gave each of their DIS a mug, an award, and a NCSD DIS calendar.
DIS work in health departments, community health centers, and other similar locations. The DIS role was initially established to work in the field of STD prevention. However, these public health professionals have ground-level investigative skills that have also become key components of tuberculosis outbreak response; HIV exposure notification; other infectious disease control efforts; and emergency response. DIS have expertise in essential skills such as communication, interviewing, counseling, case analysis, and provider and community engagement. As the health care landscape evolves, DIS are needed even more as patient navigators and network builders to ensure patients are linked to care through expanded relationships with health care providers. DIS are a critical part of the public health infrastructure and in building the link to health care.
Check out the real stories submitted by DIS that give you an idea of a “day in the life of…” here.
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.
Leading up to this day of recognition, NCSD asked everyone to show their love by taking a special picture to honor DIS across the country. We asked everyone to use our DIS Recognition Day printable photo message templates. Please see below some 2015 National DIS Recognition Day photos from around the country!
A few project areas chose to share with NCSD what they did to commemorate the occasion.
Florida celebrated National DIS Recognition Day by ordering commemorative compasses for all of their DIS staff this year.
Corpus Christi celebrated two special DIS, Mary Ann Valverde-Gomez and Carmen Villarreal for all their hard work over the years.
In another region of Texas, they celebrated by treating them to lunch and having a stand up meeting afterwards. Each DIS was awarded 8 hours of Admin Leave as part of the Recognition.
Tarrant County DIS Appreciation Day (Ft. Worth, Texas)
Minnesota recognized their wonderful DIS with a pizza party followed by a recognition celebration. The DIS were presented with a certificate of recognition and a special fun award.
Milwaukee celebrated by having a special party for their DIS including pizza, salad, and dessert.
Indiana celebrated by making the above video for their entire DIS workforce across the state. They gathered clips from everyone including NCSD!
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.