Naomi Naik is the Communications Intern for Shot@Life and started working with the campaign this month. As a campaign intern, she helps support our communications team efforts at events, on our website, and on our social media channels. Learn more about Naomi in our Q&A below!
How long have you been with Shot@Life?
I have been working with the campaign for a few weeks now, and I am here until May!
What has been your favorite moment since joining the team?
There have been so many already! Reading the blog posts and seeing our Champions interact with our social media content online has been one of the most exciting parts of being the Communications Intern. It is incredible to see the vital work of the Shot@Life team truly make a difference!
I am also quite amazed at the work produced by our creative and hard-working team. Every individual brings their own skill set and a tremendous amount of experience to the table, so I feel blessed to be in this environment!
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge seems to be lack of awareness and knowledge of the importance of vaccines and of the severe consequences if not immunized. Vaccines provide an easy way to ensure a healthy future for a society.
What do you wish people knew about advocacy?
Since joining Shot@Life, I have realized the value in small actions of advocacy: whether it be calling your Congressman, tweeting at a possible vaccine advocate, signing a petition or even writing an email to an advocate. Our Shot@Life Champions also work so hard to advocate for vaccines year-round and all these actions together have the power to elicit a significant change!
What excites you most about your work?
There is power in numbers, so seeing vaccine advocates from different areas of the world and in different fields come together to promote global access to vaccines is very exciting. I hope that during our lifetimes, we see a significant reduction in childhood mortality due to the increase in vaccinations.
Why did you join the Shot@Life team?
I am currently a second year Master’s in Public Health Student at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, so I was very interested in working for an organization that combines global health advocacy, international development and digital communication. My previous work as an intern at the World Health Organization opened my eyes to the hardships encountered by everyday people in places where healthcare, particularly immunization, is inadequate. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Shot@Life team that works to eliminate healthcare barriers and provide children a shot at life!
Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
T-Pain follows me on Twitter (my only claim to fame), I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I blog at anotherlongweekend.com!