When Maywood Hills Elementary School in Bothell first joined the Group Health Foundation funded effort to raise immunization rates, only two-thirds of students were getting vaccinated.
The school nurse and parent advocates set out to change that, talking to people at community events, ball games, and in casual conversations about the role every family can play in preventing the spread of potentially deadly diseases.
“For me, it’s not just about keeping my kids healthy and safe. It’s about my civic responsibility of keeping our community safe,” says parent advocate Kendi Locknane.
Maywood Hills’ immunization rate has since jumped to 95 percent. The Washington State Public Health Association named the school a 2013 Health Champion.
Watch a video about the turnaround at Maywood Hills.