The Jack N. Spencer Award

The Jack N. Spencer Award

The Jack N. Spencer Award is given to honor individuals for a career of exceptional contributions to excellence in STD prevention characterized by outstanding commitment to science-based programs, continuous innovation, and profound commitment to helping people. This prestigious award is presented every other year at the STD Prevention Conference.

2020 Award Winner: Steve Kowalewski
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Steve Kowalewski has worked in the field of STD prevention for three decades. Currently a Senior Public Health Advisor in STD Program within the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Steve plays an integral role in the state’s National Electronic Disease Surveillance System—as he has done since its inception. He previously served as the CDC Northeast Regional STD Management Information System (MIS) Manager, providing technical guidance to Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine. Steve has also worked in STD programs throughout the country and held positions including Clinic Manager, Program Manager, Corrections Coordinator, and Field Investigator. He is known for his technological savvy, innovative spirit, and ability to build partnerships. Always willing to lend a helping hand, over the course of his career, Steve has deployed to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, West Africa in response to Ebola, and most recently to a correctional facility in Pennsylvania to lead a COVID-19 outbreak investigation.

“With greatest sincerity, I thank you that there were and are individuals who saw something in me that I did not see in myself. Thank you for this award, thank you for allowing me to serve, thank you for the journey, thank you for the adventure!”

photo of the Jack N. Spencer Award Plaque

Previous Recipients

2018 – Susan Blank
2016 – Jeffrey Klausner
2014 – Dayne Collins
2012 – Cornelis “Kees” Rietmeijer
2010 – Gail Bolan and Charlie Rabins
2008 – Dorothy Gunter
2006 – Susan DeLisle
2004 – Martin Goldberg
2002 – John J. Potterat
2000 – Jack N. Spencer