CDC's 2013 WV Immunization Champion - Kim Estep
The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award winner for WV is Kim Estep from Robert C. Byrd Clinic in Lewisburg. The award is given jointly by the CDC and the CDC Foundation, honors individuals who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunizations in their communities. This year’s CDC Childhood Immunization Champions were announced during National Infant Immunization Week, April 20-27.
Kimberly Estep, MS, MBA
Director of Marketing
Robert C. Byrd Clinic
As the mother of a child who is allergic to a vaccine component, Ms. Kimberly Estep appreciates the need for high vaccine coverage to protect children in the community who cannot be immunized. In 2008, Ms. Estep joined the West Virginia Immunization Network (WIN), a coalition focused on improving state immunization rates. She met individuals who were personally affected by vaccine-preventable diseases and learned how critical it is for parents to have accurate information about vaccines when making health care decisions for their families. A marketer by training, Ms. Estep draws inspiration from these experiences when promoting immunizations in West Virginia.
While serving as WIN co-chair in 2009-2010, Ms. Estep guided the direction of its education and advocacy work and helped to strengthen and grow the coalition. As Chair of WIN’s Advocacy Committee, she frequently meets with legislators to discuss policy issues, such as keeping West Virginia’s school-entry immunization law strong and ensuring that all children have access to immunizations. Her passion for educating families is evident in her current and previous marketing and outreach work. At Robert C. Byrd Clinic, she has helped to initiate recall procedures for patients who are due for vaccinations, uses social media to spread the word, and provides health professionals with up-to-date vaccine information.
Thanks to Ms. Estep’s passion and hard work, West Virginia parents, health care professionals, and policy makers have a greater understanding of the importance of immunization.
For being a motivated leader, advocate, and communicator, Ms. Estep is West Virginia’s CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.