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Andy Stergachis, PhD, Receives Community Service Award

Andy Stergachis, PhD, a NWCPHP faculty member and Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, was selected for the 2010 University of Washington School of Public Health Faculty Community Service Award.

Andy Stergachis, PhD, a NWCPHP faculty member and Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, was selected for the 2010 University of Washington School of Public Health Faculty Community Service Award.

July 1, 2010

Every year, the UW School of Public Health (SPH) recognizes one SPH faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary service to the broader public health community. Andy Stergachis, PhD, a NWCPHP faculty member and Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, was selected for the 2010 UW SPH Faculty Community Service Award primarily for his work as a pharmacy advisor/liaison with Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC).

After 9/11 and the anthrax attacks, Dr. Stergachis saw the importance of rapidly providing mass quantities of antibiotics to a large number of people to counteract the release of a bioterrorism agent. With an awareness of the already-existing need for efficient distribution of antivirals or post-exposure prophylaxis during disease outbreaks, Dr. Stergachis wanted to leverage his pharmacy experience and academic background to assist PHSKC with planning in this important area.

In 2003, Dr. Stergachis made contact with a colleague at PHSKC and this connection led to a formal arrangement for Dr. Stergachis to assume the part-time role of Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Coordinator for King County.

In the role of SNS Coordinator for King County, Dr. Stergachis helped develop the County’s mass dispensing plan and assisted with the design and evaluation of exercises to test the plan. He also has been involved with the planning and training for the Public Health Reserve Corps, the PHSKC version of a Medical Reserve Corps.  During the H1N1 influenza outbreak, Dr. Stergachis was part of the response team and served in the Emergency Operations Center at PHSKC.

Dr. Stergachis is able to integrate serving the community with advancing the evidence base for public health preparedness and response by remaining committed to presenting, teaching, and publishing. He also looks for opportunities to convert trainings into online course, the most recent of which is called Mass Gatherings: Are You Prepared, a course on public health preparedness considerations for mass gatherings. As a UW faculty member, Dr. Stergachis also mentors graduate students and professional degree students in the area of emergency preparedness and response.

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