Natalie Hart began working as a Grassroots Advocacy Recruitment Specialist for Shot@Life at the end of May. Her current work involves recruiting Champions in target districts and states who will support the campaign and build grassroots support for global childhood immunization.
What drew you to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation?
I was drawn to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation because of the organization’s commitment to carrying out the sustainable development goals and achieving global equity. Shot@Life’s mission to end preventable diseases is inspiring and the increased distribution of vaccines truly impacts health outcomes all around the world.
Where are you from, where are you in school, and what are you studying?
I live right outside Washington D.C. in Kensington, Maryland. I’m currently a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park graduating in May of 2021 with a B.A. in International Relations and a double minor in French and Public Policy.
Can you briefly describe your previous work, intern, or volunteer experiences?
Prior to my current position, I worked as a Grassroots Advocacy Intern in the summer of 2019 and a Grassroots Advocacy Fellow this past winter for Shot@Life. During those times, I had the opportunity to introduce my own geographic information systems project on Power BI, in which I built an advocacy tool to analyze volunteer actions and determine target congressional districts. I also worked as a Government Relations Intern with Save the Children Action Network in 2018 where I focused on early childhood education policy and government welfare programs.
What excites you most about being part of the Shot@Life campaign and what are you most looking forward to this semester?
I am most excited to work closely with the new Champions we recruit! My hope is that over the next semester I can contribute to a steady rise in committed Champions who will participate in our next activation and Summit.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
I believe the biggest challenge for vaccine advocacy is spreading awareness and information about the imperative role vaccines play in maintaining global health security. Education about the benefits of vaccines empowers people to make well informed decisions and understand the severe consequences that result from lack of immunization.
Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
Bono from U2 is a family friend!