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National DIS Recognition Day


National DIS Recognition Day 2015

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. 

NCSD National DIS Recognition Day Press Release

Why celebrate National DIS Recognition Day?

What do DIS do?

What You Can Do: Recognition Can Be Easy!

National DIS Recognition Day! 

Why we celebrate:

  • 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.

What do DIS do?

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. 

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 2nd. 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
  • Use NCSD's editable statement about DIS Recognition Day to create your own press release in less than 5 minutes!
    Share with them CDC's video (above) and letter regarding the importance of DIS.
  • Purchase a small, useful gift for your DIS. Ideas include: a drink tumblerinsulated cooler bag,keychainpenbusiness card holder, or mug.
  • Tweet about DIS Recognition Day using #DISday2015.  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.


3rd Annual National DIS Recognition Day

October 3, 2014 (Annually on the first Friday in October)

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

DIS Day 2014 Activities


On the occasion of the Third Annual  National  DIS Recognition Day, Minnesota DIS were honored with lunch at a local restaurant. The Partner Services DIS team, the supervisor and program manager enjoyed a light rail train ride to the restaurant. Everyone had a great time and
 the team shared many laughs during lunch.  Additionally, a message about the National DIS observance was posted on the Minnesota Department of Health intranet page to recognize DIS for their contributions to improving the health of Minnesotans. 

Florida Dept. of Health in Hillsborough County

On October 6, 2014, our Disease Control Division Director, Faye Coe, RBN, BSN and our Assistant Director, Cindy Morris, RS made a halt in their daily activities to recognize the work of these great public health heroes. 

Since the last celebration in 2013, the STD Program has processed over 15,500 reports, closing/dispositioning 95% of them within 14 days of which, 2,494 required our Disease Intervention Specialists had to conduct investigations (records search, phone calls, multiple field visits, documentation, etc.).
Disease Intervention Specialists were recognized with a DOH cup, a letter signed by the State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. John Armstrong, MD, FACS, a recognition certificate signed by Dr. Douglas Holt, MD, our Director and some candy smores.

In addition, our Surveillance staff was recognized with some candy treat making them O”fish”illy the best surveillance team.



The Philadelphia Department of Health DIS celebrating the third Annual DIS Recognition Day!

Erie County Health Department in Buffalo, NY


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


DIS Blog Series!

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.'

Last year, Tim Heymans of Minnesota won with his story titled 'The Cadavar.' We had many other wonderful submissions as well, which can be found on NCSD's blog here.


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

Highlighted Resources

As a proud partner of the National Female Condom Coalition, NCSD is pleased to celebrate Global Female Condom Day on Wednesday, September 16th!  In celebration of this worldwide event, please find below a special video message from our Executive Director, Bill Smith. 


NCSD is proud to announce the release of its 2013 STD and HIV Legislative Highlights and Analysis.


Insurance reimbursement from patients, including those newly covered through recent changes in the health car