ECBT – Two Decades

8 09 2011

Every Child By Two (ECBT) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Former First Lady of Arkansas Betty Bumpers started ECBT with two goals: “. . . [to] raise awareness of the critical need for timely immunizations and to foster a systematic way to immunize all of America’s children by age two.”

ECBT offers a lot of direction to various segments of the population. For parents, they have sections on vaccine safety, tips on paying for vaccines, and descriptions of vaccines and the diseases they prevent.

Immunization advocates can find a huge amount of information on ECBT’s website, including surveys, reports, links, and a long list of national and regional resources.

Immunization registries are at the heart of ECBT’s work and they feature on their website how-tos, detailed explanations of registry benefits, and other tools helpful to those investigating such start-ups.

Healthcare professionals aren’t forgotten! They can find many links to patient educational materials and to strategies to improve vaccination rates.

Bringing Immunity To Every Community is an eLearning course developed by ECBT in partnership with the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care and the American Nurses Association and is worth checking out.

In the past few years, ECBT has created a second website, Vaccinate Your Baby, and a blog called Shot of Prevention. Vaccinate Your Baby is based on an awareness campaign of the safety of vaccines and the need to keep children’s immunization rates high. Actress Amanda Peet has been an ardent spokeswoman for ECBT and immunization and has kept the momentum going on this campaign.

The blog, Shot of Prevention, is led by Christine Vara, and has been both a leader in the arena of immunization blogs and a lightning rod for those with strong opinions. But they do love it when folks take time to comment on posts, so stop by when you have a minute to read these thoughtful opinion pieces.

It’s true that we’re fans of the people at ECBT, but for good cause. Kids would not be so well-protected today if, 20 years ago, two strong women hadn’t taken it upon themselves to lead the nation in immunizing our young.

Amy Pisani, Rich Greenaway and Jennifer Zavolinsky get up and go to work each day at ECBT, and because they do, they make the jobs of other immunization advocates so much easier. Thanks to all of you.

By Trish Parnell


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