Kati Kelley Award for Exceptional Service to PulseNet
The Kati Kelley award was introduced in 2008, in honor of Dr. Kati Kelley, who passed away December 29, 2007. The award recognizes a non-laboratorian who has demonstrated exceptional service to PulseNet. This includes demonstration of advocacy/outreach on the importance of PulseNet or major publications or other material related to promotion of the network.
Background: Dr. Kati Kelley dedicated over 40 years of her life to public health service, beginning as a laboratorian then advancing to become the Director of Public Health laboratories for the States of Alaska, Vermont, and Connecticut. She was President of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) from 2005-2006. Kati also served as Chief of the training branch for the Division of Laboratory Systems at CDC. One of her more important contributions to Public Health was her support of the PulseNet program. From spear-heading the training for many early PulseNet participants to fully supporting her PulseNet staff in Connecticut, Kati was an avid supporter of PulseNet.
Previous Kati Kelley Award winners include:
- 2010: Dr. Bala Swaminathan, IHRC, Inc.
- 2008: John Besser, Minnesota Department of Health
The PulseStar award was introduced in 1998 by what is now the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (EDLB) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). The award serves to recognize those individuals for their outstanding contributions to PulseNet, resulting in significant improvements to the procedures or communications involved with PulseNet activities during the previous year.
As many as three awards are presented at the annual PulseNet update meeting each year by EDLB/CDC and APHL. The award itself consists of a plaque and a check for $500 provided by the Association of Public Health Laboratories.
Previous PulseStar Award winners include:
- 2012: Deborah Baker, New York State Department of Health; Stephen Dietrich, Michigan Department of Community Health; Jenni Wagner, Utah Public Health Laboratory.
- 2011: Denise Griffin, North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health; Justin Nucci, Colorado Department of Public Health; Brian Sauders, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. PulseNet Special Recognition Awards: Brenda Brown, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Myriam Morcos, US Naval Medical Research Unit #3.
- 2010: Pamela Honda, Hawaii Department of Health; Julia Wolfe, Orange County Public Health Laboratory; Valarie Devlin, Vermont Department of Health Laboratory. PulseNet Special Recognition Award: Kara Cooper, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- 2009: Eric Brandt, Ohio Department of Health; Eric Casey, Texas Department of State Health Services; Jeannette Dill, Tennessee Department of Health Laboratory Services. PulseNet Special Recognition Awards: Jason Abbott and Sharon Friedman, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA; David Melka, Food and Drug Administration.
- 2008: Elise Smith, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratories Services; Tracy Stiles, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Jason Herstein, Missouri State Public Health Laboratory. PulseNet Special Recognition Awards: Norma Binsztein, Malbran Institute, Argentina; Tennessee PFGE Team, Tennessee Department of Health Laboratory Services.
- 2007: Timothy Monson and the Wisconsin PFGE Team, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene; Jan O'Connell, California Department of Public Health; Carol Sandt, Pennsylvania Department of Health. PulseNet Special Recognition Awards: Christine Keys, Food and Drug Administration; Beth McGlinchey, Agricultural Research Service, USDA.
- 2006: Cathy Adams, San Diego County Public Health Laboratory; Alison Houston, University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory; Ann Woo-Ming, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. PulseNet Special Recognition Awards: Mary Ann Fair, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Susan Hunter, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Bala Swaminathan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- 2005: Carissa Pursell, Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratory; Lee Wotherspoon, Massachusetts Department of Health; Mike McDermott, Oklahoma State Department of Health. PulseNet Special Recognition Award: Jim Jones, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA.
- 2004: Ravi Pallipamu, Washington State Department of Health; Chris Carlson, South Dakota Department of Health; Donna Wrigley, State of Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory. PulseNet Special Recognition Awards: Dr. Kai-Man Kam, Public Health Laboratory Center, Hong Kong; Virginia DCLS Molecular Typing Laboratory Team.
- 2003: Dianna Schoonmaker-Bopp, New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center, Dr. Paul Fiorella, Florida Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories; Wanda Manley, Wyoming State Public Health Laboratory
- 2002: Wayne Chmielecki, Chemist II, Pennsylvania State Public Health Laboratory; Terry Kurzynski, M. S., Advanced Microbiologist, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene; Leslie Wolf, Ph.D., North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health
- 2001: Stephen Dietrich, Laboratory Scientist Michigan Department of Community Health; Stacey Kinney, Microbiologist II, Connecticut Department of Health Laboratories; Laura Kornstein, Chief, Environmental Microbiology, New York City Department of Health Communicable Disease Program
- 2000: Dr. Clifford Clark, Head, Molecular Typing and Toxin Detection National Laboratory for Enteric Pathogens, LCDC, Health Canada; Eleanor Lehnkering and Lori Yasuda, Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory Molecular Epidemiology Unit
- 1999: David J. Boxrud, Minnesota Department of Health Public Health Laboratory Division; Deborah A. Shea, Massachusetts Department of Health State Laboratory Institute; Denise M. Toney, PhD, Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
- 1998: L. Victor Cook, Microbiologist, Special Projects and Outbreak Support Laboratory (SPOSL), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA, Athens, GA; Dr. Charles P. Lattuada, Chief, Special Projects and Outbreak Support Laboratory, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA, Athens, GA; Dr James Beebe and Dave Heltzel Colorado Department of Health and Environment LARS Division Molecular Typing Laboratory
Innovations in Government Award, 2002
In 2002, PulseNet was recognized as one of the fifteen most significant government initiative programs to have won the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award.
The Innovations in American Government Program had received over 23,000 applications by 2002. The award places the PulseNet program among the top 0.0007% of all the programs that have applied to the Innovations in American Government Program. Also in 2002, PulseNet was recognized as runner up for the Highest Public Health Impact Program Award Program for more information.
Innovations in Government Award, 1999
In May of 1998, PulseNet was inaugurated by the Vice President of the United States in a ceremony held at the White House. The Innovations in American Government Program is a significant force in identifying and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. PulseNet was issued the Innovations in American Government Award in 1999.
Please view the Innovations in American Government Award Program for more information.