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2022 South Carolina Immunization Champion Award Program Launch

Updated: Aug 14, 2022

The South Carolina Immunization Coalition is excited to launch the inaugural SC Immunization Champion Awards program in partnership with the Division of Immunization at SC DHEC to recognize and honor five individuals, groups, or organizations who are go

ing above and beyond in the Palmetto State to promote childhood, adolescent, and adult immunizations in their communities.

Of these 5 Champions, SCIC will select one nominee to join SC's roster of national CDC Immunization Champion Award winners that include Dr. Eliza Varadi, Pelican Pediatrics (2018) and Kimberly Nelson, SC Parents for Vaccines (2019).

Nominees may include health care professionals from any setting (e.g., schools, primary care, mobile vaccination), parents, statewide or community coalition members, educators, community partners, activists, and leaders.

Candidate nomination forms consist of a short narrative describing how the nominee meets the award criteria of leadership, collaboration, innovation, and/or advocacy in SC's field of immunization, highlighting how they go above and beyond to promote immunizations in their community, and the resulting impact of those efforts (up to 500 words).

The Award Selection committee will utilize a standardized scoring matrix to review narratives and select award recipients.

2022 Award Categories

  • SC Immunization Champion: Leadership Award

    • Candidates are considered a respected resource and leader on immunization in their community, medical system, or individual practice.

  • SC Immunization Champion: Community Collaboration Award

    • Candidates have worked within their communities and networks to build support for increasing immunization rates in children and/or adults.

  • SC Immunization Champion: Innovation Award

    • Candidates have used creative or innovative strategies to promote immunization or address challenges to immunization in their practice, community, state, or region.

  • SC Immunization Champion: Advocacy Award

    • Candidates are active in advancing policies and best practices to support immunization in children, adolescents, and/or adults in their community, state, or region.

  • SCIC Partner of the Year

    • Candidates are active members of the South Carolina Immunization Coalition and have made significant contributions to advancing its mission.

Important Dates

Nomination Deadline: Please submit all nominations by Mon, June 27. Self-nominations are welcome.

Selection: The 2022 SCIC Selection Committee will review all nominations on Wed, June 29.

Natl Award Nomination: DHEC notified of nominee for national award by Thurs, July 7.

State Award Notification: Award recipients notified by Fri, July 22.

National Award Notification: National award recipient will be announced by CDC on Mon, August 15

Awards Presentation: Award recipients will receive awards at a joint press conference event mid-August in celebration of National Immunization Awareness month.

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