Category Archives: Featured Coalition Member

Help Celebrate Dr. Hilleman’s 100th Birthday!

It’s Dr. Hilleman’s 100th birthday, but YOU are getting the gift! Gather your friends and make some popcorn!  

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Dr. Hilleman’s birth, the complete version of the award-winning documentary HILLEMAN – A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children will be available to view for free on August 30, 2019.*

Check back here ( on August 30, 2019,* for links to view the film in English or with subtitling in Spanish, Portuguese, or Romanian languages!

We hope you will be able to enjoy the movie about this incredible scientist on the centennial of his birth. Please feel free to share this invitation with others who might be interested.

*The film will be available for free viewing from 6:00 PM ET August 29, 2019 through 12:00 PM ET August 31, 2019.

ACIC Member Dr. William Coppula awarded Pennsylvania Immunization Champion

The Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition (PAIC) awarded its 2019 “Pennsylvania Immunization Champion Award” to ACIC Member Dr. William F. Coppula on June 26, 2019 during the Annual PAIC Meeting.

The Champion Award recognizes individuals and/or teams who are working at the local level. It honors those who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promise or foster childhood immunizations among children in their schools and create systems to enhance vaccine administration to improve overall vaccination rates.

Dr. Coppula’s wealth of knowledge of immunizations, both pediatric and adult as well as their significance in the safety of our communities is but a small part of the caring man he is. He is the champion of children as they grow from infancy into young adulthood. His leadership in the pediatric practice where he works guarantees the most updated vaccine information is available and utilized for the safest administration of vaccines.

When relocating the office, he spearheaded the placement of a costly outside generator to ensure the safety of vaccine storage should there be a power outage. He stays abreast of the latest developments in immunization and has always been a proponent of educating both this staff and the caregivers of his patients. His unending patience with children of all ages and worried parents has always been one of his strong points. He is always sending tasks to his triage nurses to check on conditions of his patients as well as making follow up calls himself.

Dr. Coppula’s compassion for his patients and families is truly remarkable. His generosity and caring extends to his staff at Arcadia as well.

Fellow coalition member Dr. Khlood Salman awarded the Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. Khlood Salman

Fellow coalition member, Dr. Khlood Salman, has been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship. Khlood is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing. She has been a member of ACIC since our inception.

With the support of the United States government and through binational partnerships with foreign governments, the Fulbright Scholarship Program sponsors U.S. and foreign participants for

exchanges in all areas of endeavor, including the sciences, business, academe, public service, government, and the arts and continues to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Learn more about the Fulbright Scholar program

Please join us in congratulating our friend and colleague Khlood!

Featured Member: Katerina A. Zavaras-Angelidou, MD, FAAP

Dr. Katerina Zavaras-AngelidouClinical Professor of Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh

STO-ROX Family Health Center

The Allegheny County Immunization Coalition (ACIC) appreciates volunteers like Dr. Zavaras who believe in the importance of vaccinations.

Supporting our organization for 10 years has not gone unnoticed and we applaud the work you do every day to vaccinate your patients and educate their families. The poem below says it best!

Valuable is the work you do
Outstanding in how you always come through
Loyal, sincere, and full of good cheer
Untiring in your efforts throughout the year
Notable are the contributions you make
Trustworthy in every project you take
Eager to reach your every goal
Effective in the way you fulfill your role
Ready with a smile like a shining star
Special and wonderful — that’s what you are!
— Author unknown

Below is what Dr. Zavaras had to say when asked to describe her role or interest in promoting immunizations at work, home, or in the community.

An important goal of the STO-ROX Pediatric Department is preventive medicine. We promote immunizations to protect our patients from serious diseases. We try not to miss any opportunities to immunize our infants, young children, and adolescents. Our nurses and I educate the families in our office about the importance of immunizations and provide parents with the addresses of reliable web sites for more information if needed. Additionally, I enjoy being a member of the ACIC, who has promoted immunizations in our community for ten years now!

Thank you Dr. Zavaras!

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”
— E. M. Forster