Olivia Blythe is the campaign intern for Shot@Life, and started working with the campaign in the beginning of January 2018. As a campaign intern, she helps support our national network of champions in their efforts to advocate for increased global vaccine access, and can often be found talking with champions on our champion community platform. Olivia graduated in May 2017 from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies, with a concentration in domestic violence prevention and services. Here is your chance to learn more about Olivia.
What has been your favorite moment working with Shot@Life so far?
My favorite moment would be meeting the morning of the summit to do a final review of the run of show. I could feel the energy from the team knowing that over 100 people would arrive shortly. It was such a moment of excitement and anticipation for the team, as all the hard work that went into planning the summit was about to be actualized. More generally, I have been so happy with how supportive and warm the whole team is! Everyone works together so well and ensures that everyone feels supported.
What do you think is the largest challenge facing vaccine advocacy?
The biggest challenge I see for vaccine advocacy is getting people to connect their personal experiences with this issue. I feel many see this issue as strictly international. However, there are Americans who share stories of overcoming life-threatening vaccine-preventable diseases that prove there is still much work to be done in our own backyards. I also wish people knew how easy it is to equip yourself with talking points and tools to advocate for vaccines. The Shot@Life website makes taking advocacy action steps accessible and straightforward.
What attracted you to working with Shot@Life?
I wanted to join the Shot@Life team because I am deeply passionate about the intersection of vaccines and women’s issues. I was interested in learning more about the ways in which the gender gap exists in vaccine and healthcare related issues. I also don’t have a background in healthcare and wanted to learn more about the ways in which the United Nations Foundation advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals. What excites me the most is working with individuals who are not necessarily in the healthcare field but can see the important connection of accessible vaccines and its impact in all fields of development.
What do you hope to do after your time with Shot@Life?
I hope to continue my studies in international research, with a focus on the impact of domestic violence on women’s health.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I have a background in classical music, and I sang in a choir at my university that toured across Europe.