Carleton University’s Bernard Choi, professor in the Department of Health Sciences, received the Highest Recognition Award during the 16th Americas’ Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET) International Conference held in Medellín, Colombia.

“I am very pleased to have received the highest honour from AMNET,” said Choi. “The award is a reminder of 16 years of fun and hard work with the AMNET boards of directors, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and over 500 AMNET members in 35 countries. It is also a reminder of how long it took for me to learn how to order two fried eggs in Spanish.”

The award was given to Choi by the AMNET board of directors for his contributions as a founding member of the Americas’ network. AMNET is a network of public health professionals from the 35 countries that make up the region of the Americas who aim to enhance the capacity of chronic disease surveillance.

“AMNET is an excellent example of innovation in global health,” said Choi. “In 2003, a few good friends from Health Canada, PAHO, U.S. CDC and the ministries of health from several countries set up a new network. Because this innovation was not in our job descriptions, we donated our time, sought financial support from our organizations, and began to build capacity for the new network.”

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