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Presidential Award
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Alyssa Falise is awarded the 2019 Presidential Priorities Award


CSTE Presidential Priorities Award

Each year, the CSTE President sets forth a list of Presidential Priorities. These are key areas impacting the field of applied epidemiology that the organization, Executive Director and Executive Board work to advance during the year. Presidential Priorities change from year to year based on the current CSTE President. The 2019-2020 CSTE president is Sharon Watkins, PhD, State Epidemiologist, Pennsylvania.


Previous CSTE Presidential Priorities Award Winners

2019 Alyssa Falise

2018 Sharon Greene


This year, the award will recognize an individual member who makes contributions to the 2019-20 Presidential Priorities as follows:


Criteria for Consideration

  1. The abstract must contribute to the overall Presidential Priority: Co-develop infectious and non-infectious disease surveillance initiatives, which is one of CSTE’s strategic goals in the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.
  2. The abstract must exemplify partnership and participation between infectious and non-infectious disease entities on an outbreak or surveillance initiative showing a use of data that supports cross-disciplinary partnership.
  3. The project should demonstrate a harmonized response with the best use of available tools


Criteria for Selecting the Award Recipient

  • Project, surveillance or outbreak response must show collaboration between ID and non-ID partners and data must be used to support this cross-disciplinary partnership.
  • Presenter/presenters must be from a state, territorial, tribal, or local health department; federal employees are not eligible.
  • Abstract must be selected to present and oral presentation; roundtable, poster, and late-breaker abstracts are not eligible.


To view CSTE’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, click HERE.