Dr. Sara Guerrero-Duby, interim chief for Dayton Children’s Pediatrics, was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control for her vaccination efforts.
One health care professional in each state was recognized with the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award for “doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote childhood immunizations in their communities.”
Guerrero-Duby became interim chief in 2018, and in her role she greatly expanded services for the practice’s underserved population, according to the CDC, and her office provides health care to over 6,200 patients while completing over 10,000 visits per year.
As an attending physician and instructor for the pediatric residency program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Guerrero-Duby educates pediatric and family practice residents about vaccines.
“Her engaging, expert knowledge of immunizations provides many “teaching moments” for various physicians, nurses, and families in the community,” the CDC wrote.
In both morning and afternoon huddles with nurses and residents, Guerrero-Duby reviews each patient’s vaccine schedules and identifies any missed vaccination opportunities. Guerrero-Duby and other practicing physicians then make multiple attempts to educate families on both the risks and benefits of vaccinating and not vaccinating. The conversations help parents feel comfortable choosing to vaccinate, the CDC stated.