Tonya Philbrick of the Maine Immunization Program (r) presents award to Cassie Grantham
PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Immunization Program has selected Cassandra Cote Grantham, Director of Child Health at MaineHealth, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for Maine. The CDC Foundation and CDC hold this annual awards program to honor and acknowledge the outstanding efforts of individuals who strive to ensure that children in their communities are fully immunized against 14 preventable diseases before the age of two.
Grantham was nominated and selected from a pool of health care professionals, community advocates, and other immunization leaders for making a significant contribution to public health in Maine through her work in children’s immunization. She has an extensive background in health communication, health literacy, patient and provider education, and public health.
Grantham is recognized for developing the Childhood Immunizations Program at MaineHealth in 2010 to improve childhood immunization rates within the MaineHealth system and to spearhead strategic public-private partnerships with the goal of increasing Maine’s childhood immunization rate to the highest in New England by 2016. She is considered a system and state expert on the subject of increasing immunization rates for children, and created Vax Maine Kids, the state’s only integrated website and social media campaign dedicated to improving knowledge, boosting awareness and creating pro-vaccine parent advocates.
Grantham is frequently called on to speak, consult and offer assistance to practices and community groups within and outside the MaineHealth service area.
“Through the Childhood Immunization Champion awards, CDC and Maine proudly acknowledge Cassandra Cote Grantham’s passion, hard work, and commitment to children’s health,” said Tonya Philbrick, Director of the Maine Immunization Program. ”She is an inspiration to all of us who care about children’s health in Maine.”
“Ensuring that every child is vaccinated on schedule is particularly important given the current measles outbreak, which has affected more than 150 people across the country since the beginning of the year,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General for the United States Public Health Service and Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “We could not achieve our goal of protecting children without those committed individuals who are promoting immunizations at the state and local levels.”
Deb Deatrick, MaineHealth Senior Vice President of Community Health, added, "Cassie is truly a leader in improving everything about childhood immunizations in Maine – from educating health care providers to engaging families to have their children vaccinated on time. MaineHealth is incredibly proud of her recognition as state 2015 Immunization Champion."
To read Grantham’s full profile, and to learn more about CDC’s Childhood Immunization Champion Award program and other awardees, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/champions.
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks, MaineHealth member organizations include Maine Medical Center, Franklin Community Health Network, LincolnHealth, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Memorial Hospital, Pen Bay Healthcare, Southern Maine Health Care, Waldo County Healthcare, Western Maine Health, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Health, Mid Coast Health Services, New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and St. Mary's Health System. www.mainehealth.org.
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