Ellie Dullea, Immunize Colorado

Ellie joined Immunize Colorado through the AmeriCorps VISTA program in 2020. In her role as Outreach and Education Coordinator, she strives to improve vaccination rates by increasing community education and immunization access in Aurora, Colorado. She recently received a B.A. in Kinesiology: Health Sciences and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University. Through her undergraduate education, Ellie fostered a strong passion for advancing health equity and communicable disease prevention. She has previously worked with Harris County Public Health to create a sustainability and improvement plan for Healthy Living Matters, a childhood obesity prevention coalition. She has also worked to develop patient education materials through an internship with San Antonio’s Metro Health HIV and STD clinic. With her dedication to capacity building and community engagement, she is committed to advancing health equity and ensuring that everyone has access to lifesaving health care and health prevention regardless of income or social status. 

Favorite Book/Movie: Inside the Outbreak: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Mark Pendergrast (Book); Parasite (Movie)

Personal Hero: Ruth Bader Ginsberg has spent the majority of her career fighting for women’s rights both as a lawyer and as a supreme court justice. She has used her position on the supreme court to advance equality for everyone in the U.S.

Favorite Thing to Do in Colorado: Hiking, Rock Climbing, Biking, and anything outdoors!

Hometown Fun Fact: San Antonio, Texas – Beyond being home to the Alamo, San Antonio holds a world record for most tamales made in a 10-hour period. In 2012, a San Antonio high school made 17,106 tamales (2,420 pounds) in less than 10 hours. The tamale is truly a town favorite. Every year around the holidays, my family and I join our neighbors in tamale exchanges.

Why Vaccinate: Vaccines are a safe and inexpensive way to stop the spread of disease. Because of vaccines, we have been able to completely eradicate smallpox worldwide and greatly reduce the number of cases of polio, measles, rubella, and other infectious diseases in the United States. We need to vaccinate not only to protect ourselves, but to also protect the health of our communities.