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pejmantalebianThe Department of Public Health is delighted to announce that the Director of the state’s  Immunization Program, Pejman Talebian, has won the 2017 Natalie J. Smith, M.D. Award for excellence in program management from the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM), a national organization which represents the 64 federally funded state, territorial, and large urban area immunization programs.

It’s the highest form of recognition for Immunization Program Managers in the United States.

“Pejman Talebian is an innovator, dedicated to preventing disease, and has pioneered successful strategies to increase immunization rates,” said AIM Chair Ron Balajadia. “AIM is thrilled to present this prestigious award to him and is grateful for his dedication and commitment to immunization management.”

The Natalie J. Smith, M.D. Award was created to recognize Dr. Smith’s outstanding management and leadership skills in the area of state and national vaccine-preventable disease programs. In its announcement, AIM said “the award recognizes accomplishments and visionary leadership that have had a significant impact on achieving city, state, territorial and/or national vaccine-preventable disease goals.”

“Pejman brings passion and commitment to his work every day to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases in Massachusetts,” said Assistant Commissioner and Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences Director Kevin Cranston. “This award recognizes Pejman as a true leader in promoting best practices and innovation in immunization program management.”

Pejman Talebian has been the Director of the Immunization Program at the DPH Jamaica Plain campus since 2013, having served in various capacities in the program since 1995. Pejman is an active member of AIM, having served as its Chair in 2014-2015. He is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health with a Master of Arts in Medical Science and a Master of Public Health in 1994.

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