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2016 Childhood Immunization Champion for Michigan Named

Tuesday, April 19, 2016  
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Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) is proud to announce that Cheryl A Szof, BS, RPh, pharmacist at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has been selected as the 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for Michigan. CDC and the CDC Foundation hold this annual awards program to honor immunization champions across the 50 U.S. states, 8 U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia during National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23, 2016).

 

Ms. Szof was nominated and selected from a pool of health professionals, community advocates, and other immunization leaders for making a significant contribution to public health in Michigan through her work in childhood immunization. Szof, a pharmacist, is recognized for her 30+ years of immunization education in Detroit and surrounding areas of southeast Michigan. She is the immunization resource person for the Detroit Medical Center pharmacies and also for nursing students at Wayne State University. Since 1993, she has been an integral member of the Alliance for Immunization in Michigan coalition, serving on many education sub-committees.

“With pharmacists now becoming so involved in providing immunizations, I am especially honored as a pharmacist to have been chosen for this award.  I have truly enjoyed being an immunization educator, and hope that through my enthusiasm for promoting and teaching about immunizations I've made an impact on the pharmacists and nurses that I've had the opportunity to teach,“ said Szof.

Young children rely on the champions in their lives to keep them safe and healthy. Champions may be doctors and nurses who share scientifically accurate, up-to-date information about vaccines with parents. They may be advocates who go the extra mile to ensure that all children in their communities have access to vaccines. They may be public health professionals who work behind the scenes tracking immunization data, coordinating vaccine logistics, or developing public awareness campaigns. They may be parents who share their personal stories about vaccination with their communities. 

When families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials work together, all children can be protected from serious and deadly vaccine-preventable diseases. Cheryl Szof is an inspiration to all of us who care about children’s health in Michigan. We are pleased and honored to congratulate her on this well-deserved award.

To read Cheryl Szof’s profile on the CDC’s website, and to learn more about CDC’s Childhood Immunization Champion Award program, please visit:  

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/champions/profiles-2016.html#M.

Source: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services


 
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