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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.

2018 Award Winner: Dr. Susan Blank

Dr. Sue Blank

Dr. Susan Blank (“Sue”) has worked in the field of STD prevention for over 25 years as a federal assignee to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Disease Control (BSTDC), the largest STD control program in the nation. Dr. Blank was first assigned to the BSTDC in 1992, after completing CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service training. She served 8 years as a medical epidemiologist in the BSTDC before assuming leadership in 2000. Dr. Blank has held the position of Assistant Commissioner of the NYC DOHMH ever since.

During her tenure, Dr. Blank has led or played a pivotal role in virtually every part of NYC’s large and complex STD program. She works as a clinician in the NYC STD clinics (now “Sexual Health Clinics” [SHC]), served as Medical Director of all 10 clinics, and has directed, evaluated, and developed the Surveillance, Partner Services, and Provider Education and Outreach components of the program. Dr. Blank oversees a large program staffed by ~330 people, which includes 8 SHCs that receive ~80,000 patient-visits per year. In addition to Dr. Blank’s remarkable leadership of the STD program, she holds a key role in the NYC DOHMH emergency response system as one of the leaders of the clinical operations branch in the Incident Command System. She is a Captain in the US Public Health Service, and has been deployed several times to address challenging and high profile public health crises. All of Dr. Blank’s professional experience is characterized by her profound commitment to helping people, at both the individual- and population-level.

photo of the Jack N. Spencer Award Plaque

Previous Recipients

2016 – Jeffery 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