Dr. Atkinson's skill as a communicator is not limited to his speaking prowess. He excels as a writer, as well. In 1995, he conceived, developed, and took the lead in writing one of CDC's most widely sought-after books, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (aka the Pink Book). The book is now in its twelfth edition, and more than 400,000 copies have been distributed. He is the author or coauthor of 52 publications and book chapters primarily relating to measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. He contributed to several editions of the American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book and to Vaccines, the highly regarded textbook edited by Stanley A. Plotkin, MD, Walter A. Orenstein, MD, and Paul A. Offit, MD.Since 1989, he has been a member of multiple work groups for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and is currently a member of work groups responsible for developing CDC's harmonized child and adolescent immunization schedule, general immunization recommendations, meningococcal recommendations, and pertussis recommendations.

Dr. Atkinson was the first recipient of CDC's highest immunization honor, the Phil Horne Award. He was also the 2001 recipient of the Bill Watson Medal of Excellence, the highest award given to a CDC employee, and the 2003 Excellence in Distance Training Award of the United States Distance Learning Association. In February 2013, Dr. Atkinson was awarded the US Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal, the highest decoration of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Therese Hoyle, BSHE, Senior Public Health Advisor, Public Health Informatics Institute

​Therese has been working in the field of Immunization Information Systems for the past 20 years.  For 9 years Therese was the State of Michigan’s IIS Manager.  She is currently with the Public Health Informatics Institute as a Senior Public Health Advisor for the IIS Enhanced Technical Assistance Project, and the Public Health Informatics Academy, and is a consultant working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as a Senior Public Health Advisor managing IIS interoperability projects.

Benjamin Chan, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist, NH Dept. of Health and Human Services

Dr. Chan is the State Epidemiologist for the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in public health and preventive medicine, and by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the specialties of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and subsequently obtained his MPH degree through The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. In 2014, he transitioned from practicing clinical medicine to work as the State Epidemiologist for NH and has been actively involved in responding to emerging infectious disease threats such as Ebola and Zika.    

Bobby Kelly, MD, Family Medicine Physician, Concord Hospital
​Dr. Kelly is a Family Medicine physician at the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program in Concord, NH, where he was selected as a Paul Ambrose Fellow of the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency Program. Bobby graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia in 2012, and moved to NH to complete his training.  Over the last 3 years, Dr. Kelly has been working on improving the uptake of HPV vaccine among adolescents as part of his ongoing graduate medical education studying population health at The Dartmouth Institute in Lebanon, NH.  In this effort, he has been collaborating with professionals all over New England including the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the NH Immunization Program, the American Cancer Society, and local NH school districts and school nurses.

William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Immunization Education, Immunization Action Coalition
In July 2012, William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after 25 years of service. At the time of his retirement, he was medical epidemiologist and training team lead, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), a position he held for 17 years. In that role, he pioneered the use of satellite and broadcast technology to bring immunization education to thousands of immunization providers simultaneously. During his tenure at CDC, he produced, wrote, and/or appeared in more than 100 broadcasts and webcasts that were viewed by more than 300,000 healthcare providers. He also gave more than 600 invited lectures and taught more than 100 two-day training courses across the United States, addressing more than 150,000 attendees.

Lori Johnson, Vaccine Quality Specialist, NH Dept. of Health and Human Services, Immunization Section
Lori has worked for the State of New Hampshire, Immunization Program for 14 years. In Lori’s role as the Vaccine Quality Specialist, she conducts Vaccine for Children compliance visits and is the main point of contact for providing assistance in proper storage and handling of federal and state supplied vaccine.

Lena Boulanger, MBA, Vaccine Accountability Coordinator, NH Dept. of Health and Human Services, Immunization Section

Lena is the Vaccine Accountability Coordinator for the New Hampshire Immunization Program managing vaccine purchase, distribution and accountability for over 450k vaccines annually and manages the annual purchasing budget of $26 million.  Lena has worked for the State of New Hampshire for twelve years and joined the NHIP nine years ago. Lena earned a BS in Business Administration from Granite State College and an MBA in Health Care Management at Southern NH University.  


Elizabeth A. Talbot, MD, Associate Professor of Infectious Disease and International Health, Dartmouth College, and Deputy State Epidemiologist, NH Dept. of Health and Human Services

​​Dr. Talbot is an infectious diseases- and tropical medicine-trained internist, who has had extensive experience in international and domestic disease control through outbreak investigation, clinical projects, research, and consultation. She trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical

Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, and with the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, stationed in Botswana five years with the International Activities of the Division of TB Elimination.

She is currently an Associate Professor at the Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth, and is the Deputy State Epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. She works in global disease control activities, especially in Tanzania, Haiti, Swaziland, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Talbot also responded to the West African Ebola epidemic as Training Coordinator for the International Medical Corps. Dr. Talbot has participated in the writing of state, national and international disease control guidelines, and has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications on tuberculosis, outbreak investigation and disease control.

JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Centers for Disease Control

​​JoEllen Wolicki travels throughout the United States to educate healthcare providers on immunization. Before joining CDC in 2010, she served for 14 years as a Nurse Consultant with the Michigan Department of Community Health Division of Immunization. Ms. Wolicki serves as a committee member of several work groups for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), contributes to the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases textbook (the Pink Book), and works on many immunization training and educational materials and programs. Ms. Wolicki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Detroit/Mercy.

Donald R. Mitchell, Director/Executive Producer, Medical History Pictures, Inc. 

​​Donald Rayne Mitchell is founder and owner of Eyeline Pictures, Llc. and a founding principal of Medical History Pictures, Inc.  Over the past 26 years he has directed television commercials, dramatic narrative and documentary films.  Known for his work with real people, he is adept at interviewing and crafting stories in the editing room.  His work in the realm of medical science is extensive, with a profound ability to grasp complex scientific information and translate it to a lay audience. Since 1995 he has directed and edited numerous long-format pieces utilized for education, fundraising, and public relations purposes in the health-care and non-profit space.  HILLEMAN is Mr. Mitchell’s first documentary feature film, for which he served as co-Executive Producer, co-Writer, and Director.  The film premiered in June of 2016 at the SCINEMA International Film Festival in Australia where it was awarded Best Documentary.  In October the film also won the Science Communication Award at the 10th International Science Film Festival in Athens, Greece, and toured the northeastern United States in February, 2017 as one of six films participating in the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation On Screen/In Person series.  Mr. Mitchell is also the winner of three Philadelphia Independent Film/Video Subsidy Grants as well as the recipient of two honors from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: an Individual Artist Grant and a Media Arts Fellowship.


Connecting the Dots to Preventative Health: All Ages and Stages

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