Lāna`i Community Health Center Employee Named 2016 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion
Chelsea Tadena, Medical Assistant Recognized by Centers of Disease Control Foundation Lāna’i City, HI, May 19, 2016: Each year, the CDC Foundation and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) recognize individuals for their contribution toward improving public health and their commitment to the children in their communities. This year, during National Infant Immunization Week, Lāna`i Community Health Center (LCHC)’s medical assistant Chelsea Tadena was named the 2016 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for the state of Hawaii for her dedication to keeping the young children on Lāna`i healthy and safe.
“At LCHC we focus on prevention and appropriate, timely immunizations are one of the cornerstones of prevention. Chelsea’s efforts to improve our program under the direction of our Medical Director, Dr. Joe Humphry, have paved the way for accomplishing our goal of keeping our community healthy,” said Diana Shaw, executive director of LCHC.
Childhood immunization has dramatically changed the health of children, but as the recommended immunizations have increased, the complexities of storing, administering and record have also increased. LCHC in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Health take this responsibility seriously and is proud of Chelsea and the organization’s entire team to maintain the highest standards.
For information on LCHC’s childhood immunization services or a complete list of healthcare services, please visit http://lanaicommunityhealthcenter.org/ or call 808-565-6919. “We owe the tremendous success of CDC’s immunization programs to protect the nation’s children from vaccine-preventable diseases to childhood immunization champions like Chelsea,” said Brad Weisberg, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) health communication specialist.
As a 2016 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion, Chelsea was honored for her work at the local level, for going above and beyond her responsibilities as a medical assistant to promote and foster childhood immunizations in the community. The nomination and selection process of a local Champion includes exhibiting leadership qualities, proactive collaboration and partnerships with organizations and working together with the community, innovation and a creative approach to promoting immunization and addressing the challenges in their practice, community and state. Lastly, Champions and/or their organizations demonstrated advocacy and best practices. For information on the CDC Foundation, visit http://www.cdcfoundation.org/.
About Lāna`i Community Health Center:
LCHC is located on the island of Lāna`i, the smallest of the major Hawaiian Islands with a land area of 140 square miles. The island’s history is one of transition as the island was purchased by different owners. Each transition throughout this island’s history has forced a change in economic focus and lifestyle produced results that directly affected the island’s residents (and still affects all today). These changes have created the community as we know it today: An eclectic mix of ethnicities and cultures. This broad mix of ethnicities makes Lāna`i unusual and different from other rural communities in the U.S. In addition, immigrants continue to relocate to Lāna`i because family members are able to sponsor their arrival — especially individuals from the Philippines — with 32% of our population foreign born and 10.3% of our households facing linguistic isolation.
LCHC’s mission is to take care of the community of Lāna`i. Incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, LCHC’s focus is on our patients’ physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual welfare to enrich and empower their lives to help build healthy families in a supportive environment. The mission is carried out by directly providing health services (primary care, dental, behavioral health, and some specialty) to the community; providing activities and services through partnerships with local organizations as well as the many off-island organizations reaching out to Lāna`i by serving as coordinator, advocate, resource, initiator, and convener.
LCHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with 330e status awarded in September 2007. Clinical services have been provided since August 2008. LCHC’s target population consists of everyone on Lāna`i, with a special focus on those who live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (39% of the 2013 LCHC patients) and the under-/uninsured (14% of LCHC patients in 2013 were uninsured). Visit lanaihealth.org for more information.
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