CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award
About the Award
The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award recognizes local immunization champions for their outstanding work in the area of childhood immunization. A CDC Immunization Champion will be selected from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Awardees will be announced during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 16-23, 2016.
Minnesota's 2016 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion
Mary Thompson, RN
Houston County Public Health
Mary Thompson has more than 40 years of nursing experience. In that time, she has cared for patients with vaccine-preventable diseases, which has fueled her passion for making sure all children are up-to-date on their immunizations.
Ms. Thompson has used innovative approaches to reach people in her community like setting up a booth at the county fair where parents can look up their child's immunization record. She has also worked hard to build relationships with partners in southeast Minnesota. She has worked with schools to implement school-based immunization clinics, conducted site visits at area clinics, and served as an advisor on a regional immunization coalition based in Wisconsin.
Ms. Thompson has been a leader in her agency and built a culture of promoting and fostering immunizations by not missing an opportunity to review a patient's immunization status and give immunizations when needed.
Congratulations to Mary Thompson, Minnesota's 2016 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion!
Read more about Mary and the other Immunization Champions on CDC's Champion Award Winners website. Attention: Non-MDH link