Thursday, October 13, 2011

McCune Davis recognized for work on children’s health and welfare


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 14) will receive Children Action Alliance’s Jacque Steiner Public Leadership Award for Children on Friday in Phoenix.

“We are thrilled to honor Rep. McCune Davis for her longtime commitment to children and families through her service at the legislature and the Arizona Partnership for Immunization,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance.

The Jacque Steiner Public Leadership Award for Children, in memory of the late state Sen. Jacque Steiner, is given to a public official who, through tenacious and courageous leadership, improves the lives and life chances of Arizona’s children, Naimark said.

McCune Davis will accept the Steiner award at Children’s Action Alliance’s awards luncheon on Friday, Oct. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wyndham at 50 E. Adams St. in Phoenix.

McCune Davis also was nationally recognized this week with the Every Child By Two’s Immunization Champion Award for her efforts to immunize all Arizona children.

McCune Davis, who has served 24 years as a state lawmaker, received the Every Child By Two’s award Tuesday in Washington, D.C. at the 20th Anniversary Gala for their organization, founded by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former Arkansas First Lady Betty Bumpers.

“Ms. McCune Davis made it her mission to be a champion for immunizations for all Arizona citizens,” Every Child By Two’s award program reads. “Through Ms. McCune Davis’s untiring efforts, Arizona’s childhood immunization rate has risen from 46 percent in 1992 to 75 percent in 2011.”

“I am incredibly grateful and honored to receive both the Jacque Steiner award and the Every Child By Two’s champion award,” McCune Davis said. “I work hard every day at the capitol to fight for kids and their chance to have a bright future even during tough times and massive budget cuts. It’s important that every child receives quality medical care and vaccines as well as an enriching education.”

McCune Davis, program director of the Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), has been influential in promoting immunization and preventive health services for all Arizonans through her work at TAPI. She has been on the ground floor of creating a statewide registry for tracking immunizations of children and adults.

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