Awards

CIC AWARDS

Ronald P. Bangasser Immunization Leadership Award

The 2019 Immunization Leadership Award was was presented to Mark Sawyer, MD.

The California Immunization Coalition was delighted to recognize Mark Sawyer, MD, this year’s recipient of the Ronald P. Bangasser Immunization Leadership Award at our 2019 Summit. The award is presented to a practicing clinician who exemplifies the leadership, professionalism and commitment that Dr. Bangasser brought to his work promoting immunizations.

Mark is a Past President of CIC, has served on the board of Every Child By Two (now Vaccinate Your Family), and is a longtime leader in the San Diego Immunization Coalition. Throughout his career he has engaged in immunization advocacy and education. His advocacy work—testifying on behalf of important legislation at committee hearings, state and national meetings, and ongoing work with the media—has made a tremendous impact on how policymakers and the public view immunizations and disease prevention. In addition to his body of research and numerous professional and community presentations, his mentoring, training, and encouragement of young physicians sets the stage for a new cohort of passionate and informed medical leaders.

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The Ronald P. Bangasser, MD Immunization Leadership Award is presented at the California Immunization Coalition Summit to a practicing clinician who exemplifies the leadership, professionalism and commitment that Dr. Bangasser brought to his work in promoting immunizations. Dr. Bangasser served as Chair of the California Adult Immunization Coalition from 2003 to 2007 and served four years as a speaker for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/American Medical Association National Flu Vaccine Summit.

The Natalie J. Smith Award to an individual or organization in California that has made an outstanding contribution in the immunization arena. Dr. Smith was Deputy Director of the National Immunization Program at the CDC; former Chief of the Immunization Branch, CA Dept. of Health Services (1994-2002); and a founder of the California Coalition for Childhood Immunizations, a precursor to the California Immunization Coalition.The Natalie J. Smith Award to an individual or organization in California that has made an outstanding contribution in the immunization arena. Dr. Smith was Deputy Director of the National Immunization Program at the CDC; former Chief of the Immunization Branch, CA Dept. of Health Services (1994-2002); and a founder of the California Coalition for Childhood Immunizations, a precursor to the California Immunization Coalition.

The CIC Board of Directors designates a committee to review nominations and select the awardees(s). Nominations accepted year round.

Awards are presented at CIC’s annual immunization summit.

Natalie J. Smith, MD Immunization Champion Award was established in 2003 in memory of Natalie Joy Smith, M.D, M.P.H. (1962-2003). Dr. Smith was Deputy Director of the National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; former Chief of the Immunization Branch, California Department of Health Services (1994-2002); and a founder of the California Coalition for Childhood Immunization, a precursor organization to the California Immunization Coalition.
Ronald P. Bangasser, MD Immunization Leadership Award was established in 2008 to honor the dedication and service of Dr. Bangasser (1950-2007), who was a leader in the immunization community and of the California Adult Immunization Coalition, a precursor organization to the California Immunization Coalition.