The Birth of ECBT
Every Child By Two (ECBT) was founded by Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Former First Lady of Arkansas Betty Bumpers in 1991 as a result of the Measles epidemic that killed over 120 people, many of them children. Carter and Bumpers have been working on immunizations since their husbands were governors in the early 70's and have been credited with the passage of laws mandating school-age vaccination requirements. The goals of ECBT are to raise awareness of the critical need for timely immunizations and to foster a systematic way to immunize all of America's children by age two. To forward its agenda, ECBT enlists the support of elected officials and their spouses, concerned community leaders, and representatives of many national organizations.
ECBT works with immunization partners nationwide to educate those who effect policy decisions regarding immunizations and to seek funding for state immunization programs who are responsible for the delivery of vaccines to the uninsured and underinsured children of this nation. The cofounders and staff of ECBT travel throughout the nation to highlight the need for continued vigilance to ensure that the 12,000 babies born every day receive life saving vaccines in a timely manner.
ECBT works in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct educational programs for healthcare providers. Much of our efforts focus on ensuring that electronic immunization registries are fully developed and implemented throughout our country. This electronic medical record helps physicians ensure that their patients receive all their vaccines on time and help parents keep track of their children’s vaccines.
ECBT spearheaded efforts to attain a Presidential directive to ensure that children who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) are screened at each certification visit to ensure they are up to date on vaccines.
Every Child By Two has assisted in the development of programs and coalitions throughout the nation that seek to increase immunization coverage rates. We are well respected for our ability to mobilize grassroots campaigns, affect state and federal public policy, and execute programs that have lasting positive effects on the nation’s public health system.
If you wish to invite ECBT to visit your program, please contact ECBT Staff. We may be reached by phone, fax, email or regular mail.
Phone: (202) 783-7034
Fax: (202) 783-7042
Every Child By Two
1233 20th Street NW, Suite 403
Washington, DC 20036-2304
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