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CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award

The West Virginia Division of Immunization Services (WVDIS) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award, an annual award given jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) and the CDC Foundation that recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization.  One CDC Immunization Champion from each state and U.S. Territory and the District of Columbia will be honored.  The West Virginia awardee will be announced in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28, 2018 and will receive a certificate of recognition and will be featured on CDC’s web site, in addition to other announcements that may be made their employer, their colleagues or other immunization stakeholders. 

Award Criteria

The Champion Award honors those who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunizations in their communities. The nomination and selection of a local Champion should be based on meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Leadership: The candidate is considered an authority on immunization in their community, medical system, or individual practice. Activities may include acting as a spokesperson, trainer, mentor, or educator.

  • Collaboration: The candidate has worked to build support for and increase immunization rates in infants and young children. Activities may include establishing or strengthening partnerships, coalitions, committees, working groups, or other.

  • Innovation: The candidate has used creative or innovative strategies to promote immunization or address challenges to immunization in their practice, community, state, or region. Activities may include either new strategies or adapting existing strategies in new ways such as for reaching under-immunized populations.

  • Advocacy: The candidate is active in advancing policies and best practices to support immunization in infants and young children in their community, state, or region. (The candidate cannot be involved in advocacy activities that are related to funding for immunizations.)

    Champions can include coalition members, 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 immunization program managers, state and federal government employees of health agencies, individuals who have been affiliated with and/or employed by pharmaceutical companies, and those who have already received the award are not eligible.  Self-nominations are welcome.


    How to Nominate a Candidate

  • Review the links below for individuals submitting nominations and complete pages 2-6 of the nomination packet which is also encluded.  Submit the completed nomination packet to the WVDIS by email to jeffrey.j.neccuzi@wv.gov or by mail to Division of Immunization Services, 350 Capitol Street, Room 125, Charleston, WV 25301 by February 9, 2018.  The winner will be determined by a nominations committee comprised of immunization stakeholders from across West Virginia.  All nominees will receive an acknowledgement of their service and commitment to immunization.  Please consider making a nomination for this prestigious award and feel free to distribute this announcement to others as appropriate within your networks. 
  • Nomination Checklist
  • Nomination Packet

If you have any questions feel free to contact Jeff Neccuzi at 304-356-4035