Way back in 2010, when Women Thinking, inc was running the Hug Me! I’m Vaccinated campaign, we were writing material to use to convince parents to vaccinate their children. The problem was that we had no idea what the most convincing arguments were. That’s when we got the idea to conduct a marketing research survey to determine the types of messages that parents would find most persuasive in convincing them that vaccinating their children is the best choice. We met with the JREF‘s D.J. Grothe and he loved our idea and agreed to fund it.
In the coming days I’ll be posting some of our most interesting findings and the ways in which you can use our results to convince any of your family and friends that are worried about vaccines that vaccination is the best choice to protect them and their family. In the meantime, there were a lot of people that worked hard over the last couple years to make this report happen. It’s time they were thanked.
Thank you so much to all of the following people.
Board Members & Advisory Members of Women Thinking, inc:
- Elyse Anders: Elyse believed in this project from the beginning and served as President of Women Thinking, Inc for all but the last couple weeks that we were working on it. She was our leader, encouraged us, gave advice, and did a lot of the volunteer and writing work. None of this would have ever happened without her.
- Louise Kellar: Louise was essential to a lot of the operational organization of the expos back when we were first starting the project. She even traveled with me to Fort Lauderdale for the expo there, where she introduced me to Ghost Adventures. In the last couple weeks she took over as President of Women Thinking, inc and was essential to getting the report published.
- Ashley Hamer: You might know her from Mad Art Lab, but she’s also a board member of Women Thinking, inc. She did a good portion of the writing for the report and almost all of the editing. Additionally, she took over as head of the project during the couple months in 2012 when I had to take leave from the board.
- Matt Lowry: Matt was the most positive member of Women Thinking, inc and kept us going when we got overwhelmed. He was always ready to give good advice and do any work himself such as volunteering at the Chicago expo and doing editing for the report.
- Jacqueline Hargis: Jacqueline was the most experienced of all of us in writing reports such as this and as such, she wrote the first draft for some of the main sections. She also had a hand in a lot of the editing.
- Katie Hovany: Another member of Mad Art Lab, Katie did all the design and graphics for the report. The report we linked to here today was the 22nd draft. Katie create each and every draft and was quick to do anything we asked such as designing graphs, creating graphics, incorporating edits, changing colors then changing them back, etc, often with very little info from us on exactly what we wanted and with quick turn-arounds. She was basically a design super hero.
- Ben Lurvey, Beth Voigt, Megan Wells: All of them have helped out Women Thinking, inc when we needed volunteers in various capacities, especially in the first year or so of the project. They volunteered at the Chicago expo and helped with a lot of the data entry.
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- D.J. Grothe: When I went to him with our idea in December of 2010, he believed in it enough to give us a much-needed grant to make this happen. He also not only was involved in the project from the beginning but also put his employees on the project to give us some much needed help. None of this would have existed without him.
- Sadie Crabtree: Sadie worked closely with us on the survey design and especially in making sure our demographic questions were inclusive. It wouldn’t have been the same survey without her.
- Carrie Poppy: Carrie helped us do some editing on the report summary in the lead-up to TAM 2012. She had a bunch of great ideas that we were able to incorporate.
- Baltimore: Catherine Blackwell let me come stay at her house during the Baltimore expo even though we had never met and Brian Gregory drove me around all weekend and joined me as a volunteer at the expo.
- Fort Lauderdale: The Center for Inquiry Fort Lauderdale and Jeanette Madea made Louise and I feel right at home when we came for the expo. They invited us to a fantastic dinner where I was introduced to sake, drove us around all weekend, and volunteered at the expo.
- Dr. Harriet Hall, Dr. David Gorski, Dr. Chip Denman: All three of them looked over our report prior to publication and all of them gave us detailed information about which parts they thought were good, where they felt we were overstepping our claims, and other advice. This is a better report because they were willing to share with us their time, experience and knowledge.
Download our report: Immunization: Myths, Misconception and Misinformation