2015 Rick Heffernan Award for Public Health Practice – International Society for Disease Surveillance


ISDS Is pleased to announce that the winner of the third annual Rick Heffernan Award for Public Health Practice is: 

Julia Gunn has worked for the Boston Public Health Commission in the Communicable Disease Control Division for over 15 years, where she assumed the position of Director in 2008. During this time, Julia has contributed to dozens of publications and presentations enhancing the understanding of communicable disease surveillance and response, tuberculosis, food-borne illness, and other communicable illnesses. Her publications in syndromic surveillance publications include a cost study and consensus process for syndrome definitions. Julia played a key role in developing and integrating the enhanced surveillance systems in Boston including the EARS based syndromic surveillance system and patient tracking for mass casualty events. In 2009, the Boston syndromic surveillance system was awarded the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence. Julia sat on the executive board for the International Society for Disease Surveillance, serving as President in 2012. Julia has served on NACCHO’s public health informatics workgroup and the BioSense technical panel.

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Congratulations Julia!

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