How long have you been with Shot@Life?
I have been working with the campaign for two months now, and I am here until December!
What has been your favorite moment since joining the team?
My favorite moment so far has been both reading and writing blog posts, as well as seeing photos and videos from our recent learning trip to Uganda. It is truly enlightening to see the vital work of Shot@Life partners in action.
Outside of a favorite moment, I am extremely fortunate to work alongside such exceptional, hard-working individuals that make up this sensational team. Every individual has their own drive and passion, which is very inspirational.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
I believe it is a general lack of understanding of the importance of vaccines, and of the severe consequences one can face if they are not immunized. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. Vaccines cannot be taken for granted anywhere in the world and are vital to ensuring a healthy future for ourselves and society overall.
What do you wish people knew about advocacy?
I wish people knew the value and effectiveness of voicing their opinions. And, more than anything, how easy is it is to put your voice out there! Every in-district meeting with a member of Congress, phone call, letter to the editor, or signed petition, has the power to make a significant difference. We have a wonderful group of champions nationwide that work diligently throughout the year to advocate for Shot@Life and we could not be more thankful.
What excites you most about your work?
It is so rewarding to see how our team, champions and supporters, all come together to promote global access to childhood vaccines. Together we can ensure children worldwide have a healthy and happy future.
Why did you join the Shot@Life team?
International development has always played a vital role in my life. Growing up with two parents in international development, I was fortunate enough to travel and live in various countries, one of which was Uganda. During my four years in Uganda, I was able to experience first-hand the hardships individuals go through everyday to receive adequate healthcare, and how lack of access to proper immunization can cost individuals their lives. I am humbled to be a part of a team that works every day to diminish this health barrier and provide children with a shot at life.
Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
I am half Danish, half Irish, and have lived on three different continents for a period of four or more years!