CDC Childhood Immunization Champion

The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization and honors those who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunization among children 0-2 years old in their communities.

One Champion from each of the 50 U.S. states, 8 U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia will be honored.

Due to a variety of factors, CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) has postponed the 2020 Childhood Immunization Champion Award and the 2020 HPV is Cancer Prevention Award.  NCIRD is currently evaluating how to move forward with these award programs and will notify state grantees and partners of the new timeline in the future.  We greatly value the work that healthcare providers, public health professionals, and other immunization partners are doing to ensure that their communities are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases and look forward to recognizing their work next year.  

Previous Champions:

2019: Harry Lehman, III, MD; Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Seaford, DE
2018: Vibha Sanwal, MD; Rainbow Pediatrics, Georgetown
2016: Michelle Power, MT; Christiana Care Health System, Newark.
2015: Shirley Klein, MD, FAAP; Pediatric Practice Program, Wilmington
2013: Michele Logan, RN; Westside Family Healthcare, Wilmington
2012: Julia Pillsbury, DO, FAAP, FACOP; Center for Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Dover