Amy Bell, Immunize Colorado

Amy joined Immunize Colorado as a Vaccine Outreach and Education Coordinator through the AmeriCorps VISTA program in 2020. Amy graduated from Occidental College and majored in Economics with a minor in Public Health. While at Occidental, she became interested in addressing public health and education inequalities while using her data and analytical skills from her economics background.

Amy recently returned from serving in the Peace Corps in Samoa. During her service, she witnessed firsthand the 2019 Samoan Measles Epidemic that took over 80 lives and shut down the country for several months. Amy actively assisted her host village in their response to this crisis. She trained a local counterpart to report cases to a nonprofit so that sick families were able to receive supplies and aid. Amy also compiled data for the 2019 Samoa Caritas Epidemic Response Report. This experience has shaped Amy’s desire to raise awareness of the importance of vaccines after witnessing a preventable epidemic devastate a country. She is eager to continue promoting health equity in communities in the United States.

During her time in college, she enjoyed playing ultimate frisbee for her college’s team, and they made it to National’s her senior year. She has interned in a similar outreach and education role for a nonprofit that promoted civic engagement and voter registration in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also worked at Yellowstone National Park one summer and is excited to explore all of Colorado’s Parks!

Favorite Movie/Book: Bohemian Rhapsody (movie); The American Plague by Molly Crosby and What is the What by Dave Eggers (books)

Personal Hero: My family, they both challenge and support me to pursue a meaningful personal and career path

Hometown Fun Fact: Memphis is known for its incredible blues and soul music and often has free and live performances almost every weekend. I will also attest that the BBQ is very good. But one of my favorite things about Memphis is our NBA team, the Memphis Grizzlies.

Favorite Things to Do in Colorado: I'm new to Colorado, but I am excited to explore all of the hiking and camping opportunities.

Why Vaccinate: Vaccines are one of the most effective health interventions that not only protect an individual, but an entire community. In the case of Samoa, it took just one infected traveler with measles to spread to 5,700 others in a small, isolated Pacific Island Country. Everyone should have the opportunity to be protected from preventable diseases that have devastating impacts.