Vermont Immunization Action Network (VIAN)
The VDH Immunization Program is currently seeking nominations for the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award. This annual award recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization. Each year, one CDC Immunization Champion from each of the 50 states is awarded. Dr. Lou DiNicola was the 2012 Vermont Immunization Champion.
The Champion Award is intended to recognize individuals who are working at the community level who are doing an exemplary job promoting childhood immunizations in their communities among children 0-2 years. Champions can include parents, health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, etc.), and other immunization leaders who meet the award criteria. State and federal employees are not eligible.
A CDC Childhood Immunization Champion is an individual who meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Has provided community leadership on immunization issues and collaborated with others to build support for and increase immunization rates of infants and young children
- Has used creative and/or innovative strategies to promote infant and young child immunization and meet unique immunization challenges within their community, state or region, including, for example, reaching hard-to-reach or under-immunized populations
- Has been a visible childhood immunization champion in a community and/or medical system by acting as a spokesperson, advocate, and/or educator
- Has been an advocate for childhood immunization policy advancements
If you know someone who meets this criteria, please take time to complete the attached nomination form. Please submit all completed forms to Christine Finley, Immunization Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 10, 2013.
Please forward this to others who may be interested.