(L-R) MHHS's CEO Randy Lindauer, Lisa Coleman, Stacie Starcher, and Paula King are presented with the Up Shot Award by Dr. Marian Swinker

The Minnie Hamilton Health System School-Based Health Clinic is the recipient of this year's Up Shot Award from West Virginia Immunization Network, which is given in recognition of a program or initiative that has demonstrated a commitment to improving the health of West Virginians.

Minnie Hamilton's School-Based Health Clinic began a "Take Your Best Shot" Adolescent Immunization Campaign and over time it has developed into a very effective and successful program for improving adolescent immunization rates.

Through their project they focused on educating students and parents about the importance of adolescent immunization by holding information sessions in the school auditorium, sending information home to parents, and implementing a media campaign that offered incentives.

They have also increased the students' access to immunizations developing a system in their school-based health clinics through which they have vaccines readily available.

The improvements in their adolescent immunization rates stems from their drive for protecting the health of children and teens in their communities.

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