Utah County Immunization Coalition

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The CDC Childhood Immunization Awards, 2018

he CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award, given jointly by the CDC Foundation and CDC, honors individuals who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote childhood immunizations in their communities.

Utah Winner

Judi Yaworsky, RN
School Nurse
Salt Lake City School District
Salt Lake City, UT

As a school nurse, protecting the health of students is Judi Yaworsky’s top priority. Ms. Yaworsky has always looked for opportunities to help her students, which led her to start breaking down barriers that prevented children from receiving vaccines.

Several years ago, Ms. Yaworsky noticed that families denied school registration due to missing vaccinations would often seek vaccine exemptions. For some parents, this decision was not based on religious or philosophical objections to vaccination. She realized there would be fewer exemptions if they could reduce the cost of vaccines and make vaccination more convenient. Because of Ms. Yaworsky’s leadership, the Salt Lake City School District became a Vaccines for Children (VFC) provider, which enabled schools to offer free and reduced-cost vaccines. While this effort lowered the number of vaccine exemptions, Ms. Yaworsky recognized that many students were not eligible for the program. She then collaborated with the Salt Lake County Health Department to obtain vaccines for the rest of the children in the school district. Reducing cost and access barriers has made it easier for parents in Salt Lake City to choose vaccines over vaccine exemptions.

As a leader within the Utah School Nurses Association, Ms. Yaworsky promotes vaccination for children of all ages in the state. She also participates in the Greater Salt Lake Immunization Coalition, where she supports community strategies for improving immunization rates.

For her innovative approach to reducing vaccine exemptions, Judi Yaworsky is Utah’s 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.

Silver Syringe Award Recipients, 2018

Utah's Silver Syringe began in 2017 as a way to recognize individuals or organizations who have taken extra effort to increase immunization awareness, improve immunization rates, and provide services or activities to help promote immunizations in Utah.


Exceptional Immunization Medical Assistant
2017: Ana Hernandez, MA, Utah Partners for Health
2018: Shelli Johnson, MA, and Elisha Bowers, MA, University of Utah Farmington Clinic

Physician Champion
2017: Erika Sullivan, MD, University of Utah Sugarhouse Clinic
2018: Dr. Jordan Roberts, St. Mark's Family Medicine

Outstanding Adolescent Immunization Program
2017: Family Healthcare
2018: South Summit Pediatrics

Innovation in Immunizations:
2017: Judi Yaworksy, RN, Salt Lake School District and University of Utah Redwood Health Center
2018: University of Utah Community Clinics Clinical Staff Education

Outstanding Childhood Immunization Program
2017: Nancy Palmer, Community Health Centers Inc
2018: Stephen D Ratcliffe Community Health Center Inc.

Outstanding Influenza Program
2017: Patti Bowles, RN, Central Utah Public Health Department
2018: Community Nursing Services

HPV Superstar
2017: Primary Care Pediatrics
2018: Southridge Pediatrics

Outstanding Community Partner
2017: Suzan Holdaway, RN, Wasatch County Health Department
2018: Dr. Behrmann Pediatrics

Most Improved Clinic Immunization Program
2017: University of Utah Farmington Health Center Primary Care Department
2018: Mountain West Pediatrics

Exceptional Immmunization Nurse
2018: Stacey Lake, Maliheh Free Clinic

To submit nominations for 2019 go to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UTSilverSyringe2019