About CIC – Awards

The 2016 CIC Immunization Champion Award was presented posthumously to Gale Ivie, MPH, Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente and accepted by her children, Kyle and Alison Ivie at our annual Summit held in Sacramento on April 25.

Gale made a difference by bringing flu vaccinations to chGale Ivieildren in Los Angeles and Orange County schools and to children and adults in Kaiser Permanente, where she worked for many years.  Gale was passionate about working to meet the needs of underserved communities. She was a visionary who persevered against obstacles – bureaucratic, staffing, and operational – and did whatever it took to get the job done. She was creative and her enthusiasm was infectious. She inspired everyone she touched to do a little more.

Gale worked tirelessly for three years turn an ambitious concept — vaccinating children against influenza in their schools — into an established program supported by the community, schools, and Kaiser Permanente leadership.  In the first year, Teach Flu A Lesson (TFAL) vaccinated 893 students.  This past year, TFAL vaccinated over 17,000 children in several school districts.

In 2012 Gale rallied Kaiser Permanente Southern California to achieve the Guinness World Record — 47,422 flu vaccinations administered in one day. 600 staff administered vaccines at 48 locations. It was an amazing effort in terms of coordinating the vaccination clinics, promoting the effort to members and documenting all those vaccinations.

Gale passed away suddenly in September 2015. However, her leadership and professional example continues to inspire all of us.

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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 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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