A Celebration of Connecticut's Immunization Champions
An event held by the Connecticut
Department of Public Health, the Connecticut Commission on Children,
and the Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics on
April 23, 2008, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
since 1996, Connecticut has ranked in
the top five states in the nation for on-time
childhood immunizations. In 2006, it
achieved a coverage rate of 82 percent for basic
immunization among children 19 to 35 months of age. That was
the third-highest rate among the 50 states and well above
the national average of 77 percent.
Because of such
consistently high numbers, officials of the federal Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) traveled to Hartford on April
23, 2008, to
honor the state. The state, in turn,
honored 16 "champions" -- doctors, nurses,
office managers, and Immunization Action Plan (IAP)
coordinators from across Connecticut who worked
especially hard to ensure good health for our
The event was sponsored by the state Department of Public
Health (DPH), the Commission on Children, and the
Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
It was held in conjunction with National Infant Immunization
Week, April 19-26.
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All photos by Pat Estill.
Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams Jr. (left) and House
A. Amann accept a plaque from Dr. Melinda Wharton,
deputy director of the CDC's National Center for
Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
Dr. Wharton with,
from left, Vincent Sacco, immunization program
manager for the Connecticut Department of Public
Health, and Dr. Ronald Angoff, president of the
Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of
Public Health Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, M.D.,
M.P.H., M.B.A., welcomes
Dr. Wharton and the immunization "champions."
Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams Jr.
reads a citation as Commission on Children Executive
Director Elaine Zimmerman (center) and Special Projects
Director Patricia Estill look on.
Paige Woodruff, RN, of the Community Health Center
of New London, is congratulated by: from left, Dr.
Angoff, state Representative Peggy Sayers of Windsor
Locks, who co-chairs the legislature's Public Health
Committee; and Dr. Wharton.
Elaine Braccia, RN, receives congratulations from
Representative Sayers and Dr. Wharton, on the left,
and Representative Christel H. Truglia of Stamford,
Elizabeth Green accepts a citation on behalf of
Pediatric & Adolescent Healthcare, P.C., in Ansonia.
Danielle DaSilva, accepting on behalf of Brooklyn
Family Medicine, receives congratulations from Dr.
Wharton and Senator Williams.
Gail Crane, RN, accepts on behalf of the Franklin
Medical Children's Health Center of Waterbury. She
receives congratulations from, left to right, Dr.
Angoff, Representative Sayers, and Dr. Wharton.
Martine Quick, medical assistant for the Willows
Pediatric Group of Westport, looks on as state
Representative Joseph S. Mioli of Westport reads her
Rob Dudley, accepting on behalf of the Community
Health Center of New Britain, receives
congratulations from Representative Mioli,
Commission on Children Chair Emerita Laura Lee
Simon, and Dr. Angoff.
Dr. Sophia Grant
of Litchfield County Pediatrics in Torrington
receives congratulations from, left to right,
Representative Mioli, Ms. Simon, Dr. Angoff,
Representative Sayers, and Dr. Wharton.
Jayashree Venkatesh, accepting on behalf of East
Hartford Pediatrics, receives congratulations from
Representative Mioli, Representative Truglia, and
APRN, accepts on behalf of
the Pediatric Center at St. Francis Hospital and
Medical Center in Hartford.
accepting on behalf of Milford Pediatrics, looks on
as Senator Williams reads the citation.
Marina Rizio, birth
registrar at Saint Vincent Hospital in Bridgeport,
poses with immunization action plan coordinator Joan
Lane (at left) before receiving her citation.
William A. Bauman and Dr.
Veronica Ron relax after receiving a citation on
behalf of the Pediatric Health Center of Danbury.