The Alex B. Shipley, M.D. award is to be presented to an employee of a regional or local health department who has made outstanding contributions in the field of public health over a period of several years. The winner of the 2016 award is Dr. Shavetta Conner, the Medical Director for the West Region of the Tennessee Department of Health. Dr Conner was nominated for both her public health activities which were obviously work related, but also for her community service that she performed on her own time.