Award Guidelines for States
The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award
Each state immunization program will nominate one individual to receive the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award based on award criteria. There will be up to one Champion for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- Has provided community leadership on immunization rates among 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, for example, including reaching hard-to-reach or under-immunized populations
- Has been a visible immunization champion for infants and young children in a community and/or medical system by acting as a spokesperson, advocate, and/or educator
- Has been an advocate for immunization policy advancements
Champions can include health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, etc.), coalition members, parents, and other immunization leaders who meet the award criteria. State immunization program managers, state and federal government employees (including contractors), and individuals affiliated with and/or employed by pharmaceutical companies are not eligible to apply.
- February 10, 2012
Nominations due to State Program Managers
- March 9, 2012
State award nominations due to CDC
- April 21 – 28, 2012
nomination packet [780 KB, 9 pages] is available as a “fillable” PDF.
Also available is this checklist [110 KB, 1 page]. The upper half provides steps for individuals submitting nominations to state immunization programs.
Immunization program managers are encouraged to distribute the award information and promote the award in their state (e.g., post it to their immunization program web site, include in newsletters, attach to an email blast). CDC will also distribute the nomination packet through national partners. Immunization Program managers may also post and share the web button, which links to Childhood Immunization Champions web site.
February 10, 2012.
CDC recommends that immunization program managers involve the following representatives in the review and selection process, as applicable:
- State immunization program senior management
- Local and/or state immunization coalitions and health departments
- Immunization program managers from CDC-funded cities (Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Houston, and New York)
- Indian Health Service staff
- HHS regional staff
Steps for state immunization programs submitting selected Champion to CDC are listed in lower half of this checklist [110 KB, 1 page].
State program managers must notify CDC of their nomination via an email to email@example.com by March 9, 2012.
CDC will certify all nominations and distribute awards.
- Who is a CDC Childhood Immunization Champion? (flyer) New JAN 2012
- Sample Facebook and Twitter posts [124 KB, 1 page] New JAN 2012
- Sample email message [121 KB, 1 page] New JAN 2012
- Sample content for a newsletter [146 KB, 1 page] New JAN 2012
- “Champion Award” logo [JPG 310 KB, 300 DPI, 8" x 3"]
- Web button - place graphic on your site with link to nomination packet
Awardees will be mailed/presented a CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award certificate. Additionally, the Champions will be highlighted in a national press release, featured on CDC’s NIIW web site, and may be recognized at events and conferences throughout the year. States are also encouraged to highlight their Champion at their state and local NIIW events. CDC will also provide states with a draft news release that can be tailored to highlight their Champion locally and throughout the state.