Allison Kempe, M.D., MPH, professor at the School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health, will receive the Big Shot of the Year award from the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC). The honor will be presented at the nonprofit’s annual SOUP! (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) on April 26.
“The CCIC Executive Committee chose to recognize Dr. Kempe for her exemplary leadership, advocacy and significant influence on childhood immunization research in Colorado,” said Erin Suelmann-Noonan, executive director for CCIC.
Kempe has distinguished herself in pediatric healthcare research. Daughter of the late C. Henry Kempe, M.D., she has dedicated 20 years to health services research and program evaluation, focusing on improvements to immunization delivery within pediatric and family medicine practices as well as within schools and on collaborations between the public health system and private practices to increase immunization rates. She also is the director of the Children’s Outcomes Research Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the director of the newly funded Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP).
“Our successes in improving immunization delivery have been the result of collaborations with dedicated and altruistic partners including the many private practices that have worked with us on quality improvement projects, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, the Denver Public School System, and the Department of Public Health and the Environment,” Kempe said.
The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) is a statewide, independent 501(c)3 nonprofit. Its mission is to promote improved access, delivery and demand for children’s vaccinations to keep Colorado healthy. CCIC does not accept funding from vaccine manufacturers or distributors. To learn more about CCIC, the awardees and SOUP! visit http://www.childrensimmunization.org.