Anna C. Dragsbaek became aware of the critical role that vaccines play in the health of a community when she worked in a rural hospital as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Watching children suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as tetanus, measles and polio, was an experience that left a deep impression on Anna.
Later, Anna lived in China where she again witnessed people suffering from vaccine-preventable diseases, including severe influenza. Upon returning to the United States and settling in Houston, Anna pursued her law degree, specializing in public health law at the University of Houston Law Center, which was a natural progression from her undergraduate degree in social work from Marquette University.
While completing her law degree, Anna worked as Manager of the Immunization Project at Texas Children's Hospital where she focused on implementing projects to boost immunization rates and on analyzing immunization law and policies.
As the President/CEO of the Immunization Partnership, Anna looks forward to working with partners to ensure that all communities are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. "In a community where we have top-class medical facilities and a dedication to preserving health, we can and should be the leaders in achieving and sustaining high immunization levels. Our community, our neighborhoods and our families are worth it."
Anna is very committed to the local and international community, holding past and present board positions on the American Immunization Registry Association, The Confederation of Meningitis Organizations and the Texas Lyceum. Anna also volunteers as a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor and specializes in the Citizenship Merit badges. Anna is the proud parent of two boys, who are both fully immunized.