About Vax Maine Kids
Vax Maine Kids was launched in August 2012 by the MaineHealth Childhood Immunizations Program with the support of the Maine Immunization Coalition.
Across the nation and particularly in Maine, more access to free vaccines for all children and an increased focus on the importance of childhood immunizations are starting to drive childhood vaccination rates higher.
However, in Maine, our rates are still not high enough to prevent outbreaks of diseases like pertussis or measles, which means the youngest members of our communities are still at risk for these and other deadly diseases. In fact, 7 of our 16 counties have less than 70% of their 2 year olds up to date on all recommended childhood immunizations.
Check out where your county stacks up against others using the map below. Simply hover your cursor over your county and its 2 year old childhood immunization rate will pop up!
Our doctors, nurses, public health advocates and policy makers know that Maine’s current vaccination rates and these disease outbreaks are related, and that something needs to be done. Maine children’s safety is at risk.
Maine parents need a local source for information they can trust and guidance they can count on. That’s why Vax Maine Kids works so hard to keep Maine kids safe by keeping Maine parents informed.
Vax Maine Kids is staffed by the following childhood immunization advocates from MaineHealth and the Maine Immunization Coalition:
- Cassandra Cote Grantham, MA, is the Program Director of Child Health at MaineHealth, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving 11 of Maine’s 16 counties. She received her Master’s degree in Health Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA in 2006. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, ME in 2004. She is the Chair of the Maine Immunization Coalition. A Mainer by birth, she loves her state and its people. Most importantly, she is a mother to Charlotte and Michael. In her personal and professional lives, she is passionate about protecting her children and family from diseases and wants to make sure her fellow Maine parents have the best information possible to make the same choice.
- Kathryn Colby, MPH, is the Program Manager for Child Health at MaineHealth and a member of the Maine Immunization Coalition. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Public Health degree in global health and infectious disease from Emory University. Following her adventures out of state and abroad, she returned to Maine to practice public health, start a family, and be near the sea. Her work includes helping to find solutions to improve childhood immunization rates in Maine. She enjoys focusing on the prevention of childhood illness after spending 10 years as an epidemiologist investigating infectious disease cases and outbreaks. She lives in Cumberland with her husband and their two young children.
- Caroline Zimmerman, MPP, is the Director of Health Initiatives at the Maine Primary Care Association. She manages a wide range of outreach programs within Maine’s community health centers. Her focus is on Mainers with limited access to healthcare and other vulnerable populations including low-income children and families. She is also the Secretary for the Maine Immunization Coalition. She lives in Brunswick with her husband, where they enjoy taking advantage of the many outdoor activities that Maine has to offer. Her enthusiasm for vaccine education comes from family members’ experiences with vaccine-preventable diseases. Caroline holds a BA from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
- Dr. Larry Losey is a pediatrician who has been practicing in Brunswick since 1979. Currently, he works at Brunswick Pediatrics in Brunswick, ME. He graduated from Loma Linda University and did his pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center. For almost twenty years, he has been involved in immunization advocacy and is a member of the Maine Vaccine Board, which works to provide universal access to immunizations for Maine’s children. He is also Co-Chair of the Maine Immunization Coalition. In 2012, he received the “CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award.” He has spoken extensively on immunization practices and electronic record systems around the state and at national meetings. He is the father to four grown children and the grandfather to three grandkids. He lives with his wife, daughter and three grandchildren in South Harpswell.
- Jessa Barnard is the Associate General Counsel for the Maine Medical Association. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and received a law degree from Stanford University School of Law. She has over seven years of experience in health care policy and regulation and is a frequent speaker on topics including health reform, advocacy and issues in health law. She is the Treasurer of the Maine Immunization Coalition. She lives in Winthrop with her husband, toddler and a variety of animals!