The Specialists Group (Alaska)
If the true measure of a person’s character can be derived from how they treat their inferiors, then Dr. Anne Zink would score aces.
Members of her team have publicly praised her expertise, humility, and empathy.
“She encourages Alaskans to take care of each other, and to check in on neighbors who may need a helping hand,” wrote Sarah Erkmann Ward, an Anchorage communications consultant who worked with Dr. Zink during the crisis.
“She is the right person at the right moment that we never knew existed,” Erkmann told Alaska Public Radio.
Dr. Zink is the Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and she began her regular updates on COVID-19 long before the virus reached her state.
“I want to make sure you have the latest information at your fingertips,” Dr. Zink wrote in her monthly newsletter in February 2020.
Alaska Public Media wrote about Dr. Zink’s dedication and skill with communicating complex science with the public.
She’s also been widely praised for… her ability to work with others, project calm under pressure and communicate in a clear and relatable way.Alaska Public Media, April 2020
A few words from those who nominated Dr. Zink:
“Dr. Anne Zink from Alaska is a total badass and has been keeping us up to date with accurate data since early March 2020”
“Using a data driven approach, she has wonderfully informed Alaskans about how actions have consequences in the covid crisis (both positive and negative) She has a great humility, but is so deserving of awards! “
Award note: Dr. Zink has requested that she not be considered a finalist or be awarded any monetary prizes due to her position with the state.