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Health District recognizes staff members
Jun 08, 2011 | 542 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Five public health staff members were recognized for outstanding service recently by the Washoe County District Board of Health.

Washoe County Health District financial service officers Patsy Buxton and Lori Cooke were recognized for completing requirements of the National Grants Management Association to become certified grants management specialists, the hallmark of grants management professionals. To become certified, Buxton and Cooke were required to demonstrate their extensive knowledge and experience in the field of grants management, pass a rigorous review process and attend the National Grants Management Association Certified Grants Management Specialist Training program.

Senior epidemiologist Dr. Lei Chen and computer application specialist Steve Fisher were recognized for their work on two abstract presentations to be delivered to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists in Pittsburg later this month.

Dr. Chen will present “An Overview of Local Antibiotic Resistance Trends in Washoe County,” and “Integration of Information Technology into Epidemiology for Local Antibiogram Dissemination in the Local Medical Community.” Antibiograms are overall profiles of antimicrobial susceptibility to various antimicrobial agents.

One step to prevent antimicrobial resistance in various health care settings recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to encourage clinicians to use local antibiogram data. The Washoe County Health District provides physicians access to its antibiogram research in three different formats: online, as a wall chart for use in doctors’ offices and in a pocket size, easy-to-carry paper format.

Public health program manager Jennifer Hadayia was recognized for her excellent work in establishing HIV prevention policies and for receiving special state Senate recognition recently. Hadayia and other HIV prevention advocates also were recognized in Carson City for helping facilitate a special proclamation from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval about the importance of HIV testing.

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