The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was awarded the 2014 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences on Monday for its collaboration with Kid Risk, Inc. in fighting polio.
"Through collaborations with Kid Risk, Inc. and other partners, CDC is helping to identify the best strategies to further polio eradication and achieve the endgame," Mark Pallansch, CDC director of the Division of Viral Diseases in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said.
Kid Risk, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works to inform parents and the public about medical risks for children and empower them to make informed decisions. Created in 2008, the organization follows academic research and national and local policy that would affect the well-being of children.
The CDC began its collaboration with Kid Risk, Inc. in 2001 to incorporate a range of research and science tools with scientific evidence and knowledge and build integrated analysis models to evaluate risks and benefits across the globe.
World Health Organization Assistant Director-General of Polio Emergencies and Country Collaboration Bruce Aylward said the collaborative work has been important to polio eradication efforts.
"This work has been fundamental to so much of what's happened in the polio eradication program over the last few years, and it has helped to support many of our decisions over the last decade and to bring the world much, much closer to one where future generations will never know the terror of this disease," Alyward said.
The Franz Edelman competition was founded in 1972, and recognizes contributions of analytics and operations research in profit and nonprofit sectors.
The award banquet was sponsored by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences in Boston.