Almost 40 years ago, Dr. John M. Doll came to work at ADHS and left quite a legacy. His philosophy about researching and publishing data that can be used to make a difference lives on… even though he passed away. Every year, epidemiologists in Public Health Prevention submit the papers they have published to an internal committee to earn the annual John M Doll award.
This year, Dr. Melanie Taylor and Kerry Kenney received the award for their published article called: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among American Indians in AZ. Their work highlighted the racial disparity from time of diagnosis to treatment – from which the Indian Health Services have created new interventions to help. One of the key things about public health is – research for research’s sake has limited value – when you can define an intervention to address the problem, research is priceless. There were 8 other publications submitted for the award – congratulations to all of you for the efforts you are making to enhance public health.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who is contributing in the safety of public health..
Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!
I had the honor and pleasure of working with Dr. John Doll in the early 1980s (especially 1983) when the Colorado River flooded and we had an almost 7,000% increase in mosquitoes along the river. At the time, I worked for the Indian Health Service as an Environmental Health Officer. John and his colleagues at the AZ Department of Health Services were an invaluable resource to us.
Everyone who knew John knew what a talented, intelligent, and gifted person he was. He was a real pleasure to know and a wealth of knowledge. I congratulate the award recipients and wanted them to know what an honorable thing it is to be associated with Dr. John Doll.
B. Kevin Molloy, R.E.S., M.S.E.H., Captain, USPHS Retired