Pediatrician Dr. Nathan Boonstra honored
The Iowa Department of Public Health and Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines are proud to announce Nathan Boonstra, MD, general pediatrician in the Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic, has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the Childhood Immunization Champion for Iowa. The CDC and its foundation hold this annual awards program to honor immunization champions during National Infant Immunization Week (April 26 - May 3, 2014).
Amy Shriver, MD, pediatrician at Blank Children’s Hospital, says families and young children rely on champions like Dr. Boonstra to keep them safe and healthy. Champions are health care professionals who share current, scientifically-accurate information about vaccines with parents. They are advocates who go the extra mile to ensure that all children in their communities have access to vaccines. “He is truly an inspiration to everyone who cares passionately about children’s health in Iowa, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved award,” said Dr. Shriver.
Along with his work as a pediatrician at Blank Children’s Hospital, Boonstra is also recognized by his community and medical system as a spokesperson, advocate, and educator. He frequently is a guest speaker at conferences and authors a blog post for the non-profit, parent-led organization, Voices for Vaccines. He has also collaborated with the Iowa Immunization Coalition, Iowa Cancer Consortium, Iowa Public Health Association, and Iowa Department of Public Health to produce targeted literature for Iowa health care providers.
Health care professionals, community advocates, and other leaders in immunization are eligible for the award. “Dr. Boonstra was nominated and selected for this great honor because of his significant contributions to public health in Iowa,” said Bethany Kintigh, Immunization Program Manager at the Iowa Department of Public Health. “He is a strong voice for childhood immunizations.”
To learn more about the CDC’s Childhood Immunization Champion Award program and to read Dr. Boonstra’s profile, please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/champions/profiles-2014.html. For information about the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Immunization Program, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/ImmTB/Immunization.aspx?prog=Imm&pg=ImmHome.