WJR WEEKEND EXPERTS | WHY I VACCINATE

Why I Vaccinate,” a partnership program between News/Talk 760 WJR and I Vaccinate, is a show committed to dispelling myths about childhood vaccinations.  Learn why vaccines are safe and effective, protecting children against 16 vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, polio, rubella, hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, whooping cough, and more.  Segments also focus on the COVID-19 adolescent vaccine, with emphasis on what parents need to know to keep their kids safe.  Learn more now and get your questions answered at iVaccinate.org.

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August 21, 2021 ~ Learn the latest on COVID-19 vaccines for kids, plus tips for getting your child ready to be COVID safe at school.  We also visit with healthcare professionals for a look at how the pandemic is continuing to keep immunization rates for childhood diseases low, and the concerns over what this might give rise to.  Guests include St. Joseph Mercy Health Ann Arbor Pediatrician Dr. Lee Benjamin, Michigan Health and Hospital Association Senior Vice President Ruthann Sudderth, Port Huron Schools Teacher Cathy Murray, and Beaumont Teen Health Center Nurse Practitioner Lynne Lawlor.

MEET THE HOSTS:

Ann Thomas

Ann Thomas is the executive producer of “The Paul W. Smith Show,” heard weekdays from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on WJR.  She is also the executive producer for the radio station, overseeing the work of all WJR producers.  After graduating from Michigan State University in 1982, Ann began her career at WJR as an intern, and has remained a part of the team ever since.

During her tenure at WJRAnn has received numerous awards.  Honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, United Press International, the Associated Press, and the Detroit Press Club all celebrate her work both on and off the air.  She was recently inducted into the Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame, and is the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s Women & Leadership in the Workplace Award.  She has also been given the prestigious “Diamond” award from the Association for Women in Communications.


Ann Thomas

Ann Thomas is the executive producer of “The Paul W. Smith Show,” heard weekdays from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on WJR.  She is also the executive producer for the radio station, overseeing the work of all WJR producers.  After graduating from Michigan State University in 1982, Ann began her career at WJR as an intern, and has remained a part of the team ever since.

During her tenure at WJRAnn has received numerous awards.  Honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, United Press International, the Associated Press, and the Detroit Press Club all celebrate her work both on and off the air.  She was recently inducted into the Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame, and is the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s Women & Leadership in the Workplace Award.  She has also been given the prestigious “Diamond” award from the Association for Women in Communications.

Veronica McNally

Veronica McNally is a public health advocate.  She is the president of the Franny Strong Foundation and founder of the I Vaccinate Campaign (IVaccinate.org).  In 2018, she was named as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for Michigan.  That same year, she was also appointed by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for a four-year term as ACIP’s consumer representative.  In this role, she provides perspectives on the social and community aspects of vaccination. The ACIP develops recommendations on how to use vaccines to control disease in the United States.

Veronica is also the assistant dean for experiential education and director of trial advocacy at Michigan State University College of Law.   She serves on the advisory committee of the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center. McNally has served as a member of the State Bar of Michigan (SBM) Standing Committee on Character and Fitness (2005-13) and the SBM Young Lawyers Executive Council (2005-07).  “Law & Politics” selected her as a Rising Star from 2010 through 2016.  In 2016, she received a Master Advocate Designation from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Veronica McNally

Veronica McNally is a public health advocate.  She is the president of the Franny Strong Foundation and founder of the I Vaccinate Campaign (IVaccinate.org).  In 2018, she was named as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for Michigan.  That same year, she was also appointed by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for a four-year term as ACIP’s consumer representative.  In this role, she provides perspectives on the social and community aspects of vaccination. The ACIP develops recommendations on how to use vaccines to control disease in the United States.

Veronica is also the assistant dean for experiential education and director of trial advocacy at Michigan State University College of Law.   She serves on the advisory committee of the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center. McNally has served as a member of the State Bar of Michigan (SBM) Standing Committee on Character and Fitness (2005-13) and the SBM Young Lawyers Executive Council (2005-07).  “Law & Politics” selected her as a Rising Star from 2010 through 2016.  In 2016, she received a Master Advocate Designation from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

 

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