Frankie Milley will be honored by the Houston Area Immunization Partnership for her public service in promoting vaccinations. Frankie and Bob Milley's only son Ryan died from meningococcal meningitis.
As a result of Ryan’s death, Milley founded Meningitis Angels, a nonprofit group which has become an international network of education, survivor communication and service. Meningitis Angels currently represents over 500 Angels and families across the U.S. and over 50 abroad. Milley has created a teen awareness group called the Vaccinators to educate other teens, and a big bear character called “Beary Wise” to educate children on the importance of disease prevention through healthy living and immunizations. She helped to write Texas Senate Bill 31 which helped Texas become the first state in the country which educates students of all ages on bacterial meningitis.
Along with other parents across the country, Milley helped to establish meningitis vaccine recommendations for college freshmen and recently served on the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) steering committee for meningococcal meningitis vaccine recommendations, which led to the new recommendations of immunizations for 11 years through college freshmen.
Milley speaks around the nation at medical and patient advocacy conferences, policy making hearings, nursing schools and legislative hearings on the importance of disease prevention and protecting our public health through immunizations. In addition, she teaches effective advocacy practices. She is a member of the Texas Department of Health Immunization Stakeholder Working Group (TISWG) and has served on its adolescent immunization sub-committee.
She is member of the National 317 Coalition which advocates for adequate immunization funding, the steering committee for Voices For Vaccines, and is the world membership team leader for the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations. She has been published in medical magazines, newspapers and web journals around the U.S. Milley is a native Houstonian and a resident of Conroe.