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09.24.2020

Meet Our Team: Sydney

Sydney Bonds is the Communications Intern for the Shot@Life campaign this Fall. Learn more about her in this Q&A!

What drew you to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation?

I have very strong interests in public health, social justice, and advocacy. Among the UN Foundation’s major global campaigns, I was instantly drawn to Shot@Life’s mission to help champion the implementation of policies and programs designed to minimize health inequities and protect children. I understand the enormous impact that childhood immunizations have on children and communities across the globe, and want to advocate for this purpose. I look forward to learning from and supporting Shot@Life’s Communication team and the UN Foundation as an Intern this Fall.

Where are you from, where are you in school, and what are you studying?

I am from Montgomery County, Maryland, which is right outside of our nation’s capital. I am very excited to be graduating this Fall from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where I study Health Policy and Public Health.

Can you briefly describe your previous work, intern, or volunteer experiences?

Prior to my role at Shot@Life, I worked as a Health Care Intern at an advisory firm in Washington, DC. As a Health Care Intern I regularly monitored and researched health policy issues such as drug pricing, counterfeit drugs, opioids, and health care reform. I’ve also been a volunteer for the DC Council and a global type 1 diabetes research organization.

What excites you most about being part of the Shot@Life campaign and what are you most looking forward to this semester?

Right now is a really exciting time to be working on a global health campaign. Despite the many drawbacks of the global pandemic, it’s fascinating to be able to observe and analyze COVID-19’s global impact. I’m also looking forward to learning from each member of the Shot@Life team and advocating for an incredibly rewarding cause.

What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?

I think the biggest challenge for vaccine advocacy is the spread of misinformation. Vaccine misinformation can be incredibly harmful to decades of vaccine progress and leads to mistrust in science, medicine, and vaccines.

Do you have any fun facts that our Champions may not know about you?

I have a COVID-19 Contact Tracing Certificate.

  • Sydney Bonds is the Communications Intern for Shot@Life. She attends University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she studies Health Policy and Public Health. Sydney supports the Shot@Life communication team on our website, and on our social media channels.