Natalie is the grassroots advocacy intern for Shot@Life and started working with the campaign in June of this year. In her role, Natalie helps support our grassroots team and our champion advocates.
Learn more about her in our Q&A below!
How long have you been with Shot@Life?
It is my first week as a grassroots advocacy intern, and I will be here until mid-August!
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
I believe the biggest challenge is spreading awareness and ensuring that people are informed about the imperative role vaccines play in maintaining global health. Frequently, people have not been properly educated about the benefits of vaccines and don’t fully understand the severe consequences that result from lack of immunization.
What do you wish people knew about advocacy?
I wish people knew how much of an impact their voices make. No action is too small! Whether it’s meeting with your member of Congress, emailing a legislator, publishing an op-ed or signing a petition, every effort matters and is a significant step in the elimination of preventable diseases.
What excites you most about your work?
I am most excited to work closely with champions and see how actions taken by our volunteers around the country contribute to global access to vaccines. The work we do here at Shot@Life is extremely impactful and I can’t wait to see the progress we’ll make together!
Why did you join the Shot@Life team?
I am currently in my third year at the University of Maryland studying International Relations and Public Policy, so I was very thrilled to find a campaign that combines international development, advocacy, and policy. During my previous work at Save the Children Action Network, my eyes were opened to the hardships many young families face against deadly diseases, simply because they have inadequate access to healthcare and vaccines. I’m honored to be part of a team that works passionately to give children all over the world a shot at life!
Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
Bono from U2, who is an avid supporter of international development, is a family friend of mine, and I have a calico cat named Luna whom I absolutely adore!