Delfina Ramirez, a registered nurse at Clinica Family Health Services in Denver, has been named Colorado’s CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for her outstanding efforts to promote childhood immunization. Ramirez consistently achieves the highest vaccination rates among Clinica’s five clinics, reflecting her dedication to vaccinating children and her support of Clinica’s mission to improve health for all its patients, many of whom have barriers to health care.
“Delfina has championed vaccines at Clinica Family Health Services for 2O years,” said Malia Davis, director of nursing services and clinical team development for Clinica Family Health Services. “At our Pecos Clinic, she has demonstrated years of excellence and best practice by standardizing our ability to give vaccines efficiently and on schedule. She has consistently helped achieve vaccination rates of over 90 percent for our pediatric population (6,750 kids in 2013), including a 2013 rate of 96 percent for children ages 0-3 years-old. She serves as mentor and vaccine champion for our entire team.”
Each year, during National Infant Immunization Week, CDC honors health professionals and community leaders around the country with the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion awards. These awards acknowledge exemplary individuals who go above and beyond to promote immunization among children in their communities.
“CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases is committed to protecting infants and young children from vaccine-preventable diseases. We rely on many dedicated individuals at the state and local levels to ensure children are fully protected from 14 serious and sometimes deadly diseases,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general for the United States Public Health Service and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “The Immunization Champion award is a way for CDC to recognize and honor immunization leaders for their tremendous efforts surrounding childhood immunizations.” CDC Childhood Immunization Champions were selected from a pool of health care professionals, coalition members, community advocates and other immunization leaders. One winner was selected in each of the 30 participating states and one from the District of Columbia.
For more information on other Colorado’s CDC Childhood Immunization Champion award winners, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/champions/index.html