Friday, April 22, 2016

Maryann Blevins chosen as Missouri’s first CDC Childhood Immunization Champion

Maryann Blevins, a family nurse practitioner at CoxHealth, has been chosen as the CDC’s Childhood Immunization Champion in Missouri for 2016. Blevins is the first Missouri-based recipient of the award, which honors individuals who are doing an exemplary job of promoting childhood immunizations in their communities.

Blevins is manager of CoxHealth’s C.A.R.E. Mobile, a clinic-on-wheels sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) that takes care to outlying rural areas in 32 Missouri counties. Through her collaboration with CMN and the Missouri Department of Health, Blevins leads the administration and evaluation of all Vaccines for Children immunizations administered in those counties.

Because of Blevins’ work, nearly 1,500 children per year receive vaccines. She also reaches children and families living in rural areas by collaborating with school system administrators in these areas: Together, they work on strategies to increase access to vaccines in rural Missouri.

The Childhood Immunization Champion Award is given jointly by the CDC and the CDC Foundation. It is intended to recognize individuals at the state or local level, and awardees were announced during National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23, 2016).