For immediate releaseMay 15, 2017 For more information:Debbie McCune Davis, TAPI602-288-7566


76 Arizonans honored for raising immunization rates, saving lives

Arizona’s statewide immunization advocacy group celebrates 25 years


PHOENIX, AZ – Celebrating 25 years of advocating for the health of all Arizonans, The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) honored 76 individuals, organizations, and initiatives during the 2017 Arizona Big Shots awards dinner at the Phoenix Country Club. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed the week of April 16 to 22 as “National Infant Immunization Week in Arizona.”


Jim McPherson, a board member of TAPI since the organization’s inception in 1992, served as Master of Ceremonies. Presenting the awards were Debbie McCune Davis, executive director of TAPI ; A.D. Jacobson, MD, board chair of TAPI; Cara Christ, MD, Arizona Department of Health Services Director; Diana Gomez, president of the Arizona Local Health Officials Association; and John Pope, MD, president of the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Keynote speaker was Allen Craig, MD, Deputy Director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.


Recipients of 2017 Arizona Big Shots Awards (by category)


Long Shot David Landrith Award for Advocacy: Legislation, regulation, or public policy that has helped reduce the barriers to immunizations to improve the ability to account for the immunizations of Arizona’s population. This award is presented in memory of David Landrith, long-time public policy vice president for the Arizona Medical Association, who passed away in 2014.

  • Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association


Spot Shots: Outstanding media coverage to educate the public about the value of immunization as a preventive health strategy.

  • First Things First

Snap Shots: Special event partnerships that educate, promote, and provide immunizations to Arizona children.

  • Mountain Park Health Center


Buck Shots: Outstanding communication programs to educate the public and health care providers about immunizations.

  • Yavapai County Education Services
  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Partners for Healthy Students Program


Up Shots: Individuals or organizations new to the immunization effort, but show a commitment to improving the health and wellness of Arizonans. This award is presented in memory of Andrea Fadok, a young and energetic immunization advocate who was killed in a car accident in the summer of 2000.

  • Desert Senita Community Health Center
  • Kari Sanchez


Hot Shots: Going beyond the call of duty to the cause of increasing immunizations.

  • 2016 Arizona NIPA Cohort Practices (Desert Kids Pediatrics, PLC; Desert Shores Pediatrics; Maricopa County Department of Public Health; UA Adolescent Medicine Clinic; and West Valley Pediatrics)
  • Bayless Healthcare Group
  • Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital
  • Shawn Singleton, MD
  • Winslow Indian Healthcare Center’s Public Health & Clinical Nursing Staff


Hot Shot Andie Denious, RN Award: This new award is presented in memory of Andie Denious, RN who passed away in 2016. Warm, giving, gracious, smart, and classy, Andie held professional positions with the ASU College of Nursing Community Health Services Clinic, Arizona Department of Health Services, and The Arizona Partnership for Immunization.

  • Alejandra Figueroa, RN


Recipient of the fourth annual U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Immunization Champion Award for the state of Arizona is Jim McPherson, whose skills as a communicator and his extensive experience in partnerships and public affairs have made him a respected voice for childhood vaccinations in Arizona. For over 20 years, McPherson has helped to build unique partnerships and coalitions while advocating to protect Arizona’s children through vaccination.

In addition, 48 healthcare practices that achieved a minimum 90 percent coverage level of their two-year-old patients (4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, 3 Hib, 3 Hep B, and 1 Varicella) and teen patients (1 Tdap and 1 MCV4) received the Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice Award. A pediatric surgeon by profession, Dr. Cloud served as Chief of Surgery at Arizona Crippled Children’s Hospital and Chief of Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital. In 1981, he was elected to a one-year term as president of the American Medical Association. He served as TAPI’s board chair since its inception in 1993 until his death in 2010.


Cloud Honorees for Toddlers (First Time) Cloud Honorees for Toddlers (Repeat)
  • Adelante Health Care West Phoenix
  • Banner Payson Health Center
  • Banner UMG Arizona Elks Pediatric Clinic and Children’s Multispecialty Clinic
  • Continental Pediatrics
  • Sacred Peaks Health Center
  • St. Luke’s Pediatrics
  • Sulfur Springs Medical Center
  • Sunset Health Center North Yuma
  • UMC North Hills Pediatrics
  • Adelante Health Care Buckeye, Mesa, Surprise, and Wickenburg
  • Arizona Pediatric Clinic
  • Banner Medical Group Estrella
  • Canyon Lands
  • CIGNA Medical Group Chandler, Deer Valley/Paseo, South Mountain, and Stapley
  • Clinica Hispana of the West Valley
  • Clinica Medica Hispana
  • El Rio Community Health Center Northwest
  • La Paz County Health Department
  • Lake Powell Medical Center
  • Mountain Park Health Center Baseline, Gateway, Maryvale, and Tempe
  • Navajo County Health Department Holbrook
  • Paloma Medical Group Pediatrics
  • Phoenix Indian Medical Center
  • Pinal County Health Casa Grande
  • Sant Singh Khalsa, MD
  • Southwest Pediatrics
  • Sun Life Center for Women and Children
  • Sunset Health Center Somerton and Yuma




Cloud Honorees for Teenagers (First Time) Cloud Honorees for Teenagers (Repeat)
  • Banner Payson Health Center
  • Banner UMG Children’s Multispecialty Clinic
  • CIGNA Medical Group C.J. Harris and Phoenix Central
  • El Rio Community Health Center El Pueblo and Pascua
  • MIHS 7th Avenue Clinic
  • Nahata’Dziil Health Center
  • NOAH Balsz Health Center, Desert Mission Health Center, and Heuser Family Medicine
  • Sun Life Community Health Center Eloy
  • Yavapai County Education Service Agency
  • Your Neighborhood Health Care Center
  • Adelante Health Care Surprise
  • Casa Grande Pediatrics
  • El Rio Community Health Center Main, Southeast, and Southwest


Event Sponsors

Adelante Healthcare, Arizona Association of Community Health Centers, Arizona Department of Health Services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, CIGNA Medical Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Health Choice, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Mountain Park Health Center, NOAH, Passport Health, Pfizer, Scientific Technologies Corporation, Sun Life Family Health Center, and United HealthCare.

About TAPI

The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) is a non-profit statewide coalition of over 400 members. TAPI was formed in response to the alarming fact that in 1993, only 43 percent of Arizona’s two-year-olds were fully immunized against preventable childhood diseases like measles, mumps, polio, and whooping cough. Through the efforts of TAPI’s partners in the public and private sectors, immunization coverage rates in Arizona have improved dramatically, with

72.3 percent of children fully immunized by age two. Unfortunately, the problem never ends. Each year in Arizona almost 90,000 babies are born, and none arrive immunized. For more information,


TAPI Founders Photo