Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – October 22, 2013


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Next IZCoalitions Network conference call scheduled for November 4; topics include the role of pharmacists in immunization and the HealthMap Vaccine Finder

 
Please save the date! The Immunization Action Coalition invites you to participate in a 1-hour conference call for immunization coalition leaders, members, and anyone interested in the work of immunization coalitions on Monday, November 4, at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT). All are welcome. 
 
Draft Agenda 

  1. Mitchel C. Rothholz, RPh, MBA, American Pharmacists Association, will discuss the role of pharmacists in immunization
  2. Jane Huston, MPH, Harvard University, will provide information on the development and use of the HealthMap Vaccine Finder
  3. Announcements from partners

We will circulate the final agenda and call-in information the week before the conference call. Hope you all can make it! 
 
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Voices for Vaccines to host November 5 conference call featuring Curtis Brainard from the Columbia Journalism Review

 
Voices for Vaccines (VFV) will be hosting a November 5 conference call featuring Curtis Brainard, contributing editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. Brainard has written extensively about how journalists handle stories about immunization, including the article titled Sticking with the truth: How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism
 
Join VFV on November 5 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the issue of false balance in journalism, other pitfalls associated with reporting on vaccines, and the ways everyone can respond. To register for the call, you must email VFV for call-in information
 
Voices for Vaccines is a national organization of parents and others who are dedicated to raising the level of the voices of immunization supporters. Voices for Vaccines invites everyone who appreciates vaccines to join their organization. Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues! 

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11th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions scheduled for May 21–23 in Seattle; abstract deadline is December 6

 
"Partnering for Prevention from Sea to Summit," the 11th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions will take place in Seattle from May 21–23rd, 2014! This is a great opportunity for coalition leaders to learn from expert speakers and network with others involved with immunization and health coalitions from around the nation. 
 
The planners are accepting abstract submissions until December 6. Abstracts are welcome from all disciplines, including coalition staff and members, community-based providers, healthcare providers, social workers, researchers, government agencies, health communication specialists, and others. Go to the Call for Abstracts page to learn more. 
 
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Join the 317 Coalition!

 
The 317 Coalition advocates for increasing the federal funding for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC, commonly known as "section 317" of the Public Health Service Act. While the Section 317 traditionally provides a safety net program of grants to states to immunize children, adolescents, and adults who have no other means to pay for vaccinations, the program also is responsible for funding much of the immunization infrastructure that supports not only the VFC program, but all immunization programs in the country. The 317 coalition is a virtual network of organizations, led by a steering committee, and staffed by a Washington D.C.- based government relations firm. 
 
The coalition seeks to continually recruit national, state and local organizations with an interest in child and adult immunization to expand an effective grass roots advocacy network to as many state and Congressional districts as possible. There is no cost to join the coalition. Many voices are needed to maintain the 317 program and its critical funding. Please consider joining this effort! 

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