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Terri Rebmann to Receive Distinguished Service Award for Work in Infection Control, Epidemiology

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The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will honor Saint Louis University’s Terri Rebmann, Ph.D., with the organization’s President’s Distinguished Service Award. The award will be presented June 28 at APIC’s annual conference.

Terri Rebmann, Ph.D.

Terri Rebmann, Ph.D., is a special assistant to the President and the director of SLU's Institute for Biosecurity. Photo by Steve Dolan. 

The President’s Distinguished Service Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an APIC volunteer in service to the profession through their work for the Association.

Rebmann is an advisor to University’s President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., on COVID-19. She was instrumental in helping lead the University’s response to the pandemic, allowing SLU to stay open and mostly in person throughout the 2020-2021 academic school year. 

She also serves as a member of APIC’s COVID-19 task force. In that capacity, she helped write an APIC white paper on lessons learned from the pandemic. She participated in webinars to ensure that others understood changing guidance on transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and PPE.

As part of her work on APIC’s task force, she led the execution and analysis of APIC’s two nationwide PPE surveys and focus groups with Association members. The knowledge gained from these surveys and focus groups was vital to APIC’s understanding of PPE constraints and has been used to advocate for additional resource availability. 

“I am very flattered and humbled to receive this award. It’s been an honor and pleasure to serve APIC at the local and national level during my career as an infection preventionist,” Rebmann said. “I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with such wonderful APIC staff and member volunteers over the years as we have striven to continuously improve the infection prevention and control field.”

Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to help whenever they are needed. Nominees are evaluated based on their leadership, professional stewardship and research. 

Rebmann has served as president of the local APIC chapter, was a member of APIC’s national Ebola Task Force and served as chair of APIC’s national Emergency Preparedness Committee. She also serves as a board member of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) and is a former member of the editorial board for AJIC.

Rebmann is a professor of epidemiology in the College for Public Health and Social Justice and she directs SLU’s Institute for Biosecurity.

A global leader on bioterrorism, disaster response, and infectious diseases, Rebmann has published more than 130 papers and articles and is a sought-after speaker. She holds a Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) and is a fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC).

About APIC 

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is creating a safer world through the prevention of infection. APIC’s nearly 16,000 members develop and direct infection prevention and control programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, education, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. 

Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers more than 12,000 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.