CIC AWARDS

Natalie J. Smith, MD Immunization Champion Award 

The 2017 Immunization Champion award was was presented to Catharine Ratto, RN, MPH.

Catharine Ratto worked for the Alameda County Public Health Department for 32 years. During her time there she worked as a clinical nurse, a pediatric nurse consultant to WIC and retired this past fall as Immunization Registry Coordinator.

From the very beginning, Catharine has been a tireless advocate for the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), participating in numerous committees and task forces to ensure registry reliability and resilience, and acting as a liaison to the medical community and the registry. In addition to her advocacy for the registry, Catharine has also been a champion for school based immunization programs and ran school-based flu clinics in Castro Valley for years.  She was one of the early  and most enthusiastic supporters for the Shoo The Flu campaign. Colleagues and coworkers are always impressed by her strong belief and statement that “Every child should have access to all vaccines. Period”.

Catharine was instrumental in coordinating numerous activities at Alameda County and engaging partners to participate in the Alameda Immunization Coalition. In addition, she has been an active member on various CIC task forces and Committees including Advocacy and Registry.

Catharine exemplifies the spirit of the Natalie J. Smith, MD Immunization Champion award through her leadership and passion for ensuring that children and families are protected against vaccine preventable diseases. We congratulate her on her recent retirement and on this award.

Ronald P. Bangasser, MD Immunization Leadership Award

The 2017 Immunization Leadership award was presented to Jefferey A. Goad, PharmD, MPH.

Jeff Goad is a tenured professor of Pharmacy and the inaugural Chair of the Chapman University School of Pharmacy. Prior to joining Chapman University, he was on faculty at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Goad has maintained an active practice in travel health clinics and immunization services. He coordinates and teaches courses in travel medicine, immunizations, epidemiology, and parasitology. He is currently a national faculty and advisory board member for the American Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Based Immunization Training Program and chair of the APhA Travel Medicine Advanced Competency Training Course. Dr. Goad is the past Chair and co-founder of the International Society of Travel Medicine’s Pharmacist Professional Group, and past President of the California Pharmacists Association.

Through Jeff’s leadership as President of the California Immunization Coalition (2012-2014) and his ongoing participation in the Coalition, our members have a much greater understanding of the vital role that pharmacists play in the healthcare system. Partnerships between pharmacists, private healthcare providers and public health departments throughout the country have been strengthened thanks to his encouragement and direct involvement in education efforts including live presentations at conferences and summits, webinars and legislative and media advocacy.

Dr. Goad is a gifted educator and an enthusiastic advocate for immunizations and healthcare across the lifespan. He is forward thinking, responsive to current situations and always an advocate for positive change. His accomplishments are many and his leadership within his profession is exceptional.
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Each year CIC awards 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 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 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.

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