Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, professor, School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health, will receive the Big Shot of the Year award from the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC). The honor will be presented at the nonprofit’s annual SOUP! (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) on Apr. 26.

“The CCIC Executive Committee chose to recognize Dr. Kempe for her exemplary leadership, advocacy and significant influence on childhood immunization research in Colorado,” said Erin Suelmann-Noonan, executive director for CCIC.

Kempe has distinguished herself in pediatric healthcare research. Daughter of the late C. Henry Kempe, MD. She has dedicated 20 years to health services research and program evaluation, focusing on improvements to immunization delivery within pediatric and family medicine practices as well as within schools and on collaborations between the public health system and private practices to increase immunization rates. Kempe also is the sirector of the Children’s Outcomes Research Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the director of the newly-funded Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP).

“I am extremely honored to receive this award! Our successes in improving immunization delivery have been the result of collaborations with dedicated and altruistic partners including the many private practices that have worked with us on quality improvement projects, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, the Denver Public School System, and the Department of Public Health and the Environment”  said Kempe.

Now in its fifth year, CCIC serves up SOUP! as a way of thanking its partners and supporters in a fun and creative way. In addition to raising funds and awareness for childhood immunization, guests will sample a variety of soups from Denver’s premier restaurants and vote for the Best Soup and Most Creative Soup of 2012. SOUP! will take place during National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28, a CDC initiative to underscore the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) is a statewide, independent 501(c)3 nonprofit. Its mission is to promote improved access, delivery, and demand for children’s vaccinations to keep Colorado healthy. CCIC does not accept funding from vaccine manufacturers or distributors. To learn more about CCIC, the awardees and SOUP! visit

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