Doing big things is what Immunize Nevada is all about.
In fact, it’s one of our core values. We aim to “set big goals, persist in the face of challenges, take risks, and continue to look around the corner to uncover solutions.” As a statewide organization, whose offices span the Silver State, it takes bold people with big ideas to help keep Nevadans healthy.
Today marks the 7th annual Nevada’s Big Give, a 24 hour, statewide online day of giving. Organizations and nonprofits all across Nevada are reaching out to their communities, in hopes of raising awareness and funds for their important missions. This is your chance to suit up, fight disease, and help make our state healthier!
We asked some of our partners and volunteers to share their thoughts about Immunize Nevada and some of the BIG things that we do.
Here’s what they had to say! What are some of the other BIG things we do? Let us know in the comments!
Anna Carr, PharmD and Pharmacy Clinical Services Manager for WalMart
Immunize Nevada and Walmart have partnered state-wide in Northern and Southern Nevada to increase immunization rates for children and adults throughout the state. Walmart began offering vaccines in 2014 and, since then, has collaborated with many organizations state-wide to help improve vaccination rates. These organizations include, but are not limited to: COX, school districts, community colleges, non-profit organizations, casinos, and private employers. Immunize Nevada helps connect Walmart with organizations and employers in the state that are looking for vaccines to be offered at community events or employer locations. Walmart is then able to form relationships with these organizations and deliver the requested vaccines. As a result of this partnership, Walmart has been able to provide over 50,000 vaccines in the state of Nevada since 2014 and help improve overall vaccination rates within the state.
Joann Rupiper, Chief Administrative Nurse at the Southern Nevada Health District and Team Vaccine Giving Circle Member
I donate money to organizations whose mission is my mission. So as a health professional who believes vaccines are important, I give to Immunize Nevada. I also believe in grassroots efforts. Immunize Nevada does this so well by focusing on local communities and partnerships and addressing needs of the whole population from babies to elder adults. I know my donation will be used well and benefit my community.
Jared Tsuchiyama, University of Nevada, Reno Student and Immunize Nevada Volunteer
Volunteering at Immunize Nevada has been an eye-opening experience on the community impact that science has. Being a biochemistry major the history and development of vaccine were one of the first topics I became acquainted with but without Immunize Nevada I would have never gotten to see the community application portion of the preventative medicine. I have had the pleasure of getting to work with Immunize Nevada through my service learning in the honors program at the University of Nevada, Reno which emphasizes learning experiences through contributing to the community. I have had the opportunity to engage with the people of the Reno community from activities ranging from sharing youth shot recommendations with soon to be mothers to connecting homeless people to programs that will allow them to be vaccinated. I enjoyed my service learning with Immunize Nevada so much that I ended up quickly passing the service learning requirement and kept volunteering with them beyond the semester. The amount of effort that the organization places into reaching even the more remote rural areas in Nevada through working with partners is astonishing and I love walking into the northern headquarter office each week knowing the work I am helping with is impacting the entire State.