Rounds Receives National TB Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, May 15, 2017
CONTACT:  Bonnie Jameson, (605) 773-3737  

                                                                           Rounds Receives National TB Award

PIERRE, S.D. – Kristin Rounds, Pierre, has been named the 2017 TB Controller of the Year by the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA). Rounds is the tuberculosis control coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Health and has more than 30 years of TB control experience.

NTCA brings together the leaders of tuberculosis control programs at the local, state and territorial level to advance the elimination of tuberculosis. The Controller of the Year award is the highest honor presented by NTCA and is intended to recognize individuals who make an outstanding contribution and impact on TB prevention and control at the local, state, regional, or national level.

“The department is fortunate to have someone with Kristin’s expertise and experience leading our tuberculosis control efforts here in South Dakota,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon. “South Dakota’s low incidence of TB is a direct result of her hard work and that of our many partners in TB control.”
Rounds was also honored for her service as a board member of the NTCA. Since 2014 she has served on the board representing states with low incidence of TB. She has also previously served the association as treasurer, member at-large and representative for low-morbidity states.

“With her knowledge and experience, Kristin is an invaluable asset to TB control efforts and she willingly shares her expertise with health care providers, disease intervention specialists, tribal partners, and her counterparts in the United States,” said Bonnie Jameson, administrator of disease prevention services for the Department of Health. “She is a great advocate for TB control and works tirelessly to promote disease prevention and treatment adherence.”

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