Dr. William Schaffner

Flu Immunization Proponent Wins Top APHA Award

Dr. William Schaffner is a leader of Joint Commission Resources' Flu Vaccination Challenge, which has signed up more than 1,100 health care organizations this year.

Dr. William Schaffner, a leader of Joint Commission Resources' Flu Vaccination Challenge to encourage health care workers nationwide to be immunized against influenza, received the American Public Health Association's oldest and most prestigious award, the Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health, this week.

The medal has been awarded since 1929. It honors someone who has given distinguished service to public health while working tirelessly to advance public health knowledge and practice. The presentation took place during APHA's 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.

Schaffner chairs the Department of Preventive Medicine and is a professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. APHA said he has been a Vanderbilt faculty member for more than 40 years, "becoming one of the pioneers of hospital infection control programs and conducting rigorous investigations that validated infection control as a scientific discipline." He has worked with the Tennessee Department of Health on investigations of outbreaks of communicable diseases and environmental hazards, as well as supervising the training of 21 Epidemic Intelligence Service officers, the association said.

APHA presented several other awards during the meeting, which ended Wednesday. Among them was the American Public Health Association Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award, given to Connie Kohler, DrPH, professor of health behavior in the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Public Health.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Comply with OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

    Collect relevant incident data and generate accurate OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 regulatory reports, including 300A CSV files for easy electronic submission to OSHA.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus