Lansdale Wins CDC's Immunization Champion Award for WV
The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award, given jointly by the CDC and the CDC Foundation, honors individuals who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunizations in their communities.
2012 Award Winners In this inaugural year, 39 individuals are honored as CDC Childhood Immunization Champions.
CDC recognized Sharon Lansdale, R.Ph, president and CEO for the Center for Rural Health Development as West Virginia's Childhood Immunization Champion.
As a pharmacist, Sharon Lansdale knows the importance of immunization across the lifespan and has worked tirelessly to promote its benefits in West Virginia and beyond. Ms. Lansdale is a strong advocate for maintaining West Virginia’s current immunization law, which requires vaccinations for school entry and does not allow for non-medical exemptions. She has addressed the issue of exemptions and promoted vaccination at numerous state and national conferences, including an annual Immunization Summit that she helped to organize.
Since 2003, the Center for Rural Health Development—which Ms. Lansdale directs—has been the lead agency for the West Virginia Immunization Network (WIN), a statewide coalition focused on setting the stage and generating support for getting every West Virginian fully immunized. Over the last nine years, WIN has grown from a small group of stakeholders to more than 200 members.
In addition, Ms. Lansdale has played a key role in providing immunization training opportunities for various state groups, including school personnel and WIN members. In particular, she has helped guide WIN’s co-chairs and other leaders in reaching out to and working more effectively with partners and other supporting organizations. Her efforts have brought together individuals from a range of public-and private-sector groups such as public health agencies, the vaccine industry, school nurses, state-level leaders in health and education, and other advocates in an effort to improve immunization rates among both young children and adults.
For her dedication to improving the health of children through immunization, CDC has named Ms. Lansdale the West Virginia Childhood Immunization Champion for 2012.