Lindsay Cobb is one of two summer Grassroots Advocacy Interns and a longtime Shot@Life champion. Lindsay supports the day-to-day functions of our grassroots team and our network of advocates.
Learn more about her in this Q&A!
What drew you to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation?
I have been involved with Shot@Life for almost three years as a champion, and it has been some of the most rewarding work that I have done. I was immediately drawn to the opportunity to intern with the campaign so that I could expand what I know about advocacy and help others become passionate about global vaccination access as well.
Where are you from, where are you in school, and what are you studying?
I grew up in Pine Island, Minnesota—a tiny town south of Minneapolis. I just finished up my junior year at the University of Iowa (go Hawks!), where I am studying Global Health and Human Physiology.
Can you briefly describe your previous work, intern, or volunteer experiences?
During the school year, I work as a study group leader for first-year students and volunteer at my local public health department. Last summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Cape Town, South Africa, and work with TB HIV Care as an HIV prevention intern. The summer before that I interned at Squash Blossom Farm near my hometown in Minnesota, where I got my hands dirty with gardening, helping out with all of the animals, and baking for the local farmers’ market.
What excites you most about being part of the Shot@Life campaign and what are you most looking forward to this semester?
I love the Shot@Life campaign because of the passionate team members and the network of committed champions across the country, all working tirelessly to ensure lifesaving vaccinations to children around the world. I am excited to engage with Champions in new ways this summer, so we can all become stronger advocates for the cause that we care so much about.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
One major challenge is the assumption that advocacy is intimidating and must be time-consuming, but I truly believe that everyone can be a vaccine advocate in a way that works for them. It can be as simple as tweeting at a member of Congress and then working up to more complicated actions, like hosting a Congressional meeting.
Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
When I was fourteen, I asked for goats for my birthday and surprisingly got them. They (Caesar, Primrose, and Newton) are very noisy but also adorable.