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Dr. Stephen B. Thacker Excellence In Mentoring Award

The Stephen B. Thacker Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes an individual who is an inspiration to the EIS community and exhibits an unwavering commitment to the EIS Program, officers, and alumni through demonstrated excellence in applied epidemiology training, mentoring, and building public health capacity. Established in 2013 by the EIS Alumni Association, and supported by the Thacker family in partnership with the CDC Foundation, the award honors Dr. Thacker, an inspirational leader who championed the EIS program and its officers throughout his career.  Often working behind the scenes, Dr. Thacker’s wisdom and vision in supporting, strengthening, and maintaining a strong and diverse EIS program inspired his colleagues, his staff, and generations of EIS officers. Each year’s award acknowledges someone who, over the years, has provided exceptional mentoring to EIS officers through outstanding supervision, teaching applied epidemiology skills and/or public health practice, or otherwise enriching EIS officers’ experiences through mentoring. 


The EISAA’s Stephen B. Thacker Excellence in Mentoring Award Committee reviews the nominations and the recipient will be announced during the Annual EIS Conference. 


Eligibility: Eligible nominees include any current or former EIS supervisor or mentor of EIS Officers in state, territorial or other field positions; CDC divisions or offices; or the EIS Program. Nominees are not required to be EIS alumni.  



2018: To Be Announced at the 67th EIS Conference, April 16-19, 2018

2017:  Jennifer McQuiston, DVM, MS (CAPT, USPHS) EIS '00

2016:  Polly Marchbanks, Ph.D. EIS '87

2015: CAPT Douglas H. Hamilton, MD, Ph.D., EIS '94

2014: J. Lyle Conrad, EIS ’65

2013: Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc EIS ’65


The Stephen B. Thacker Science for Social Justice Award will be awarded annually to those who make the best use of science to identify inequities in health/healthcare or to evaluate interventions that address such inequities and promote social justice.


Est. 2013 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

2013: Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc EIS ’65


Remembering Dr. Thacker Before Congress 

On March 6, 2013, the honorable Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Chairman of the U.S. Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee honored Dr. Thacker's memory and work before the 113th Congress of the United States.  Click here to read his statement.


Eulogy by Jeffrey P. Koplan MD, MPH 

Dr. Thacker's eulogy was given by longtime friend and colleague of over 40 years Dr. Jeffrey Koplan. The family is forever grateful to him for honoring Steve in this way. Click the link below to view the eulogy.


View Eulogy for Stephen Brady Thacker

Click Here



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