Annual Immunization Champion Award Program

SCIC launched an annual program in June 2022 in partnership with the Division of Immunization at SC DHEC to recognize and honor five individuals, groups or organizations who are going above and beyond in the Palmetto State to promote childhood, adolescent, and adult immunizations in their communities. One award recipient is also selected to represent SC as a National Immunization Champion.
Nominations open annually in June. 

National Immunization Champions 

The Immunization Champion Award, given jointly by the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) and CDC, honors individuals who go above and beyond to promote immunizations in their communities. These are the national representatives from the Palmetto State! Check out their winning bios by clicking on their national champion link. 

2022 SC Immunization Champions

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2022 LEADERSHIP AWARD

Youlanda C. Gibbs, EdD
Executive Director, The Palmetto Palace

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

2022 ADVOCACY AWARD

Allison Ross Eckard, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

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

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2022 COMMUNITY COLLABORATION AWARD

City of Hanahan Fire and EMS

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

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2022 INNOVATION AWARD

Beth Sundstrom, PhD, MPH
College of Charleston

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

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2022 PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mary Beattie, RN
Cherokee County School District

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