This year, APHL again joined Research!America and other public health partners to celebrate Public Health Thank You Day! Each year on the Monday before Thanksgiving, we take a moment to thank our staff, members, partners and others in the public health community for all the hard work they do to keep us safe and healthy.
A special thanks to all the unsung heroes in public health. I am especially grateful for those combating antibiotic resistance. It’s a difficult task, but we have the right people on it. Your talent and drive do not go unnoticed.
– Eric Ransom, APHL-CDC Antimicrobial Resistance Fellow
I am thankful for APHL members, associates, colleagues and partners who collaborate to promote, monitor and regulate public health.
– Tyler Wolford, senior specialist, Laboratory Response Network, Public Health Preparedness and Response
I am thankful for the school nutrition specialists who visit our school as part of the USDA Extension Program through the University of Maryland. They explain where food comes from and how to make healthy yet inexpensive choices in the foods we eat. Children stay engaged in what they learn by through simple recipes that are sent home each month. They even get my seven year old to try new snacks and vegetables as part of the “Two Bites” club.
– Shari Shea, director, Food Safety
Thank you, public health colleagues and partners, for your tireless dedication to the greater good. Whether you’re on the front lines or behind-the-scenes, the work you do is meaningful and appreciated! Many of you go above and beyond, especially when outbreaks emerge and disasters strike. Your passion, adaptability and commitment inspire me and I am grateful for the opportunity to work and learn with you.
– Robyn Sagal, specialist, Global Health
This year, I am thankful that the public health community reacted to Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria quickly and collaboratively to ensure that the people affected have access to clean water, safe food and other essential resources.
– Sean Page, associate specialist, Public Health Preparedness and Response
It never gets old to say thank you to all of the unsung heroes who work in public health. These individuals ensure that our water is safe to drink; our food supply is safe and our communities are protected. From antibiotic resistance to Zika, public health scientists work tirelessly to protect communities. I salute all public health scientists and thank them for their hard work and dedication to public service.
– Chris Mangal, director, Public Health Preparedness and Response
This year, I am thankful for the collaborative nature of public health. Having just attended a multidisciplinary detection and response meeting, I really appreciate how intertwined different disciplines are from epidemiology to veterinary science, agriculture, clinical sector and laboratories. I am thankful when I see such respect being given from one sector to the other acknowledging that in order for public health to work the way it is supposed to we have to rely on each other.
– Stephanie Chester, manager, Influenza, Infectious Diseases
As we gear up for flu season, I’m thankful for all of the epidemiologists and laboratorians testing and sequencing influenza viruses. Thanks for keeping tabs on this ever-changing virus and keeping us prepared for the next pandemic.
– Elizabeth Toure, senior specialist, Global Health
I am thankful for hardworking colleagues dedicated to improving the health of all.
I’m thankful for all of the dedicated, passionate laboratory scientists who work in APHL’s member laboratories, tirelessly striving day in and day out to assure that our water is clean, our food is healthy, our babies grow up to be the best they can be, our families are safe from emerging infectious diseases and our world is a healthier place!
– Linette Granen, director, Membership & Marketing
I’m thankful that I can travel the world and know my vaccinations will protect me from deadly diseases!
– Madeline Rooney, specialist, Strategic Communications