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Voices for Vaccines is a parent-led organization that serves as a catalyst to spark positive parent-to-parent conversations about vaccines and the diseases they prevent by supporting communities, building networks, and developing fact-based content that enables parents to make healthy, informed decisions about vaccination for their children and their communities.

We strive for a world where children do not suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases. Our work:

  • empowers parents to understand the true risks of these diseases
  • fosters confidence in vaccines, and
  • restores faith in the science that has prevented millions of childhood deaths.
  • Parents are experts too: We recognize that parents are the experts regarding their own children; as such they need to be at the table when vaccine decisions are being made.
  • Parents need access to the science: We believe parents need appropriate access to the science and experts in order to build confidence in vaccines.
  • The science needs to be understandable: We know science needs to be understandable to be believable and the most effective way to translate this science is to personalize it. We explain science through stories, testimonials, conversations, and straight answers to hard questions.
  • Parents need community: We build a positive community for parents to learn and be empowered to make positive decisions about vaccination. In order to welcome uncertain parents, we frame our work as pro-vaccine rather than “anti-anti vaccine.”
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Karen Ernst, MA

Karen is a nationally recognized expert in vaccine confidence with a decade's experience in grassroots organizing around the issue. Her background in writing and literature has translated into new ways…

Beth Drummond, MPH

Beth is an infectious disease epidemiologist with a decade's experience working online with vaccine-hesitant people. Beth has also worked in emergency preparedness and rabies surveillance.

Ashley Shelby, MFA

Ashley is VFV's long-time advisor and copyeditor. She is a well-respected writer, having authored two medical journal articles on the topic of vaccines. She has also penned two books: South…

Dorit Reiss, PhD

Dorit, a professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is VFV's volunteer legal strategic advisor. She specializes in vaccines law and policy, including exemption…

Amy Callis, MPH

Amy is an infectious disease epidemiologist and behavior change/health education expert. She has worked on vaccines issues in more than 23 countries and led vaccine communication and advocacy for the…

Nathan Chomilo, MD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota; Director of Vaccine Equity, Minnesota Department of Health; Medicaid Medical Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Pediatrician and Internist, Park Nicollet Health…

Angela Shen, ScD, MPH

Visiting Research Scientist at the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; retired Captain in the US Public Health Services

Rachel Cunningham, MPH

Immunization Registry and Educational Specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital

Julie Boom, MD

Director of Infant and Childhood Immunization for the Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research and Director of the Immunization Project at Texas Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Baylor…

William Schaffner, MD

Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy and Professor of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Past President of the…

Deborah Wexler, MD

Founder and past Executive Director of Immunization Action Coalition

Alan Hinman, MD, MPH

Director for Programs, Center for Vaccine Equity at the Task Force for Global Health; past Assistant Surgeon General; past Director of Immunizations at CDC

Stanley Plotkin, MD

Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania; Emeritus Professor at Wistar Institute; Former Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Paul Offit MD

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Director, Vaccine Education Center, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Professor of Pediatrics and Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, Perelman School of Medicine at…

Voices for Vaccines is, at its heart, a family organization, so our family and community advisory board serves an important role. These individuals share their time to help us ensure our content is easy to understand, our work meets families where they are, and our messages address the biggest questions families have.

Julie Krause Gorom

Julie is a stay-at-home mom to one son in Washington state.  She also does freelance work and has volunteered with Vax Northwest.

Jinny Suh

Jinny is a community organizer, parent, non-practicing attorney, small business owner, and advocate. She is the Founder and Leader of Immunize Texas, a grassroots network dedicated to supporting vaccines and…

Stacy Hillenburg

Stacy lives in Illinois with her three children and her husband.  She works as an early childhood developmental therapist.

Lydia Greene

Lydia is a married mother of 3 who lives in Canadian Rockies. Once an antivaxxer, she is now in nursing school to pursue a career in public health.

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