Vanderbilt University Institute for Medicine and Public Health MPH candidate, Dr. Mary-Margaret Fill, epidemiology track, received the Alexander D. Langmuir Prize Manuscript Award at the annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference for her research on “Educational Disabilities Among Children Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.” EIS is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) globally-recognized fellowship program and long-standing model of worldwide public health in action. EIS has trained over 3,600 ready-responders who have served a gamut of public health issues since the program’s inception in 1951.
The annual EIS conference is the nation’s premier epidemiology conference where EIS officers share their work in leading-edge investigations, scientific findings, and forward-thinking strategies to inform improvements in public health — all while gaining valuable presentation experience. EIS officers engage in professional networking sessions, recognition ceremonies and various learning opportunities.
The Alexander D. Langmuir Prize, established in 1966 by the EIS Alumni Association and sponsored by Ms. Joanna Buffington, EIS ’90 in partnership with the CDC Foundation, encourages EIS officers to publish papers based on epidemiologic work done while in the EIS. This prize recognizes a current EIS officer or recent alumnus (1 year) for excellence in a written report or an epidemiologic investigation or study.