Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Coeur d’Alene Residency employee, Angela Dodge, recently won the Immunization Champion Award from the state of Idaho.
The Immunization Champion Award is an annual award given by the Idaho Immunization Program to recognize individuals or teams that go above and beyond to promote childhood immunizations in their communities. The Immunization Champions are recognized by the program as “an inspiration to everyone who cares about children’s health.” The Idaho Immunization Panel recognizes the recipients of the award for the special contributions they have made through their work in childhood immunization.
“I’m excited to receive this award and I think it’s great for Kootenai Health and Kootenai Clinic to be recognized in this way,” Angela said. “Our entire clinic also won an award for overall improvement in child vaccination rates.”
Angela’s nominator submitted the following:
“Angela consistently focuses on increasing the number of our patients who get vaccinated by providing accurate and updated information to them. She provides our staff with updated education on the importance of vaccinations. Angela goes above and beyond her duties to assure all vaccine information is accurate and provides safety education to other medical assistants in the office. Angela formally and informally taught other clinic staff in our organization information on vaccination safety. She helped our clinic staff stay updated on vaccination information by holding in-services on this topic. She is always available to answer questions on an impromptu basis. Angela attends the Shot Smarts Immunization Conference every year and brings updates back to the staff at the Kootenai Clinics, so that our staff have the most current information available. Angela and the staff she has educated provide important information to patients and their families on vaccines. Since Angela has become a vaccine coordinator at our clinic, immunization rates have increased and mistakes have greatly decreased. “
“It’s important for us to have the knowledge and understanding of each vaccine and educate parents and their children about the protection they provide,” Angela said. “It’s our job to work with parents and to help them make the best decisions for their family.”