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Calling all champions of health care: Shot@Life’s Race to Erase has begun! October 1–November 12, health care providers from across the country are virtually “racing” to raise awareness of the importance of vaccines. Taking special note of World Polio Day on October 24 and World Pneumonia Day on November 12, you are invited to use your voice and advocate for patients worldwide.
Shot@Life is a grassroots advocacy campaign of the United Nations Foundation that champions global childhood immunization via public education, grassroots advocacy and fundraising. As a Shot@Life Champion, those interested in supporting vaccinations around the globe gain valuable training, education and relationships with other vaccination advocates.
AANP is proud to call 115 members Shot@Life Champions! Throughout Race to Erase, these members will be taking action by communicating with members of Congress, hosting advocacy or fundraising events, visiting their in-district legislators and much more. Remember to report your outreach and activities to Shot@Life to progress in your race.
This year, Shot@Life hosted a meeting for 20 of its top Champions — and two AANP members were invited!
This influential, committed group of health care leaders, student organization presidents and other Champions met September 30–October 1 to discuss advocacy efforts and to gain additional training. Day two of the meeting involved a visit to Capitol Hill, where attendees met with policymakers to share the facts on vaccine-preventable diseases and ask for support in promoting policies that support the funding of global childhood vaccination programs. AANP thanks Becky Elder, CRNP, and Lorna Schumann, PhD, NP-C, ARPN-BC, FNP, ACNP, FAAN, FAANP, for being super advocates and leaders in the fight to end these often-deadly illnesses.
In addition, AANP members from Regions 4 and 8 were invited to special Shot@Life training in their regional leaders meeting this September. Congratulations to this group of inspiring NPs for dedicating their time to this important cause and for educating their communities as we stand together in support of vaccination efforts for children in developing countries — and here at home.
Hear from two AANP members on their experiences:
AANP has partnered with Shot@Life to educate the public, lobby members of Congress and advocate to maintain global health care spending. Become a Shot@Life Champion by taking one of the online training webinars or by joining the online Champion Community.