SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. – The Tug Valley ARH Pediatric Clinic received the Immunization Champion Award at the 2015 Kentucky Immunization Conference recently held in Louisville, Ky. Dr. Charles Johnson II, ARH pediatrician, accepted the award presented by the Kentucky Rural Health Association.
The Immunization Champion Award is an annual award that recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood and adult immunization. Tug Valley ARH Pediatric Clinic physicians include Charles Johnson II, MD, who graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and has been with ARH for 27 years; Chad Fite, MD, who graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine and has been with ARH for eight years and Matthew Martin, DO, who graduated from the University of Pikeville of Osteopathic Medicine and is starting his second year at the clinic.
The Champion Award is intended to recognize individuals who are working at the local level. It honors those who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood and/or adult immunizations in Kentucky. The nomination and selection of a local Champion is based on meeting one or more of the following criteria:
Leadership: The candidate is considered an authority on immunization in their community, medical system or individual practice. Collaboration: The candidate has worked to build support for and increase immunization rates in children and/or adults. Innovation: The candidate has used creative or innovative strategies to promote immunization or address challenges to immunization in their practice, community, state or region.
Advocacy: The candidate is active in advancing policies and best practices to support immunization in children and/or adults in their community or region.
“We are honored that our Pediatric Clinic physicians were selected for this prestigious award,” shared Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center Community CEO Tim Hatfield. “We are proud of each of their accomplishments.”
According to Hatfield, Drs. Johnson, Fite and Martin also were selected to assist Markey Cancer Center under a grant they received through the Center for Appalachian Studies. The physicians were identified through CDC data for their exceptional vaccination of the adolescent population.
“Only six providers were selected in Kentucky and we are proud to say that we have three of those providers participating,” stated Hatfield. “The grant involves interviewing physicians to share their best practices and these interviews will be highlighted in a larger project for the National Cancer Institute.”