Immunization Champions

Immunization champions go above and beyond to promote the importance of immunizations in their communities. Our Immunization Action Coalition of Washington, the Washington State Department of Health, the Association of Immunization Managers and CDC recognize these individuals and their impact through the IACW Advocate, IACW Collaborator, IACW Respiratory Season Champion (new in 2024!) and AIM Immunization Champion awards.

IACW Champion Award Winner

The Immunization Action Coalition of Washington (IACW) Awards recognize people and groups who raise public awareness of how important immunizations and work to keep Washingtonians immunized across the lifespan. This is the work of saving lives and keeping our communities healthy.

2024 – Coming August 2024!



Read more about our 2020 IACW Immunization Champion Award Winners





The AIM Immunization Champion Award: Washington State Winners

The Immunization Champion Award, formerly known as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion Award, recognizes individuals annually who are working at the local level and is hosted by the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM). The award honors those doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster immunizations in their communities for children and adults. When nominating and selecting their Champion, immunization programs will base their nominations on meeting one or more of the following criteria: leadership, collaboration, innovation, and/or advocacy. Each year, an Immunization Champion is selected from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Visit the AIM website to learn more about the Immunization Champion Award and stay up to date with announcements. If you have any questions, please email

2023: Mehr Grewal

2022: Ahmed Ali, PharmD

2019: Alexander Hamling, MD 

2018: John Merrill-Steskal, MD

2017: Elias Kass, ND

2016: John Dunn, MD

2015: Kathy Hennessey

2014: Janet Kauzlarich, RN

2013: Edgar Marcuse, MD

2012: Wendy Sue Swanson, MD


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