The Georgia Public Health Association is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Sellers-McCroan Award. The nomination period will last through 5 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2014. The Award is presented annually to an individual or group whose work has had significant impact on epidemiology and/or laboratory services at the state, district or county levels; in academia; or in hospitals.
All forms must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Award recipient will be announced at the 2014 Sellers-McCroan Lecture and Award Luncheon. The luncheon is planned for March 10, 2014 at the Hilton Atlanta during the 85th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Georgia Public Health Association.
The Sellers-McCroan Lecture and Award Luncheon is held annually to honor the memory of Thomas Fort Sellers, Sr., M.D., and John Edgar McCroan, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Sellers worked in public health in the state of Georgia for 42 years. He actively supported the increased scope of the Centers for Disease Control to include research in communicable diseases. His most significant contribution to public health was the development of the “Sellers Stain” which provided a breakthrough in rapid diagnosis of rabies and continues to be used internationally.
Dr. McCroan worked as a public health epidemiologist in Georgia for 35 years. He was intimately involved with the control of 60 reportable diseases in Georgia. He conducted research leading to the control of foodborne diseases, staphylococcal infections, encephalitis and several zoonotic infections. He directed the immunization program in Georgia for a number of years, and through his leadership such childhood diseases as polio, diphtheria and whooping cough were drastically reduced.
During the luncheon, the prestigious Sellers-McCroan Award is presented to a public health professional from the state of Georgia.