The Arizona Department of Health Services and The Arizona Partnership for Immunization are proud to announce that Lieutenant Commander Greg Sarchet, from White River Indian Hospital/Indian Health Service/Unites States Public Health Service has been selected as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for Arizona. The annual CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award, given jointly by the CDC Foundation and CDC, honors individuals who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote childhood immunizations in their communities.

Lieutenant Commander Sarchet’s innovative leadership guided an Arizona child care facility from 39 percent to 98 percent fully vaccinated and a second Arizona child care facility from nine percent to 100 percent fully vaccinated. He was able to develop a mutual trusting relationship with both parents and child care management and now the facilities are visited quarterly to immunize children and daycare workers.

Each state and territory selects a champion nominated and selected from a pool of health professionals, community advocates, and other immunization leaders for making a significant contribution to public health in their work in childhood immunization. We’re excited to recognize Lieutenant Commander Sarchet’s tremendous work in our local communities to ensure young children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. See all the winners here.