Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Join Campaign to Advocate for Global Vaccines

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The UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners partner to recruit and train members to champion global childhood immunizations

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Being on the front lines of diagnosing and treating children for more than 40 years, our members have firsthand experience with the positive impact that immunizations have in preventing disease and saving lives.

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, which helps expand access to life-saving childhood vaccines globally, announced a partnership with the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). Together, the partners will help recruit and train pediatric advanced practice nurses as global immunization advocates, also known as Shot@Life Champions, to support the campaign’s movement to expand access to life-saving vaccines for children around the world.

“Pediatric advanced practice nurses are core to our mission,” said Devi Thomas, Director, UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. “They understand the importance of childhood immunizations and with support from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, we hope to expand access to life-saving vaccines for children living in the hardest to reach areas of the globe.”

With more than 8,000 members, NAPNAP serves as the professional association for all pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses. Established in 1973, it is the only national organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children and adolescents, and to advancing the role of its members in providing that care.

“Being on the front lines of diagnosing and treating children for more than 40 years, our members have firsthand experience with the positive impact that immunizations have in preventing disease and saving lives,” said NAPNAP President Cathy Haut, DNP, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC, CCRN. “We look forward to partnering on the Shot@Life campaign to help advocate for the eradication of common diseases that are taking the lives of young children every day in developing nations through increased access to immunization programs.”

Around the world, every 20 seconds, a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. NAPNAP joins a growing contingent of movement building partners who help advance Shot@Life’s mission to reduce vaccine-preventable childhood deaths by expanding access to vaccines globally. Through awareness, fundraising, and advocacy, NAPNAP will contribute to the growing network of more than 1,000 Shot@Life Champions across the country and an online community of more than 300,000 supporters who advocate in support of expanding access to global childhood immunizations.

For more information about the Shot@Life campaign, visit http://www.shotatlife.org, and for more information about the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, visit http://www.napnap.org.

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About Shot@Life
Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, educates, connects and empowers individuals to champion global vaccines as one of the most effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. Go to ShotAtLife.org to learn more.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

About the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the nation’s only professional association for pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Representing more than 8,000 healthcare practitioners with 17 special interest groups and 49 chapters, NAPNAP has been advocating for children’s health since 1973 and was the first APRN society in the U.S. Our mission is to empower pediatric-focused APRNs and their interprofessional partners to enhance child and family health through leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education and research. NAPNAP.org

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