Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – July 15, 2016


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IZCoalitions Network webinar on funding coalitions with Dr. Fran Butterfoss and Ms. Debbie McCune Davis scheduled for August 10

Please save the date! The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) invites you to participate in a 1-hour webinar for immunization coalition leaders, members, and those who collaborate with coalitions on Wednesday, August 10, at 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT). The webinar will focus on how coalitions can sustain their financial viability.

Speakers will include:

  1. Frances Dunn Butterfoss, PhD, professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School and founding director of two coalitions, the Consortium for Infant & Child Health and Project Immunize Virginia. Dr. Butterfoss directed the national Immunization Coalition Training Institute from 1995–1998, and has significant experience in training worldwide on developing, sustaining, and evaluating coalitions for health promotion and disease prevention. She is a consultant for Coalitions Work, and the author of the books Coalitions and Partnerships in Community Health and Ignite! Getting Your Community Coalition Fired Up for Change.
  2. Debbie McCune Davis, executive director, The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI). TAPI is a statewide coalition dedicated to developing and coordinating immunization education programs and advocating for better healthcare needs in the public and private sector. TAPI works to fight the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and their effects by raising awareness and immunization levels across the lifespan.

We will circulate the final agenda and registration information the week before the webinar. Hope you all can make it!
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Reminder: New Immunization Coalitions Network website launched; please update your information if you haven’t already done so!

In May. the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) released a new website for the Immunization Coalitions Network. The Immunization Coalitions Network will provide multiple channels for communication among local, state, regional, national, and international immunization coalitions. The new website at www.ImmunizationCoalitions.org is intended to be a one-stop shop for learning about immunization coalitions, their locations, missions, activities, newsletters, and how to get engaged with them. The website promotes the activities of immunization coalitions, offers resources of importance to the network, and will provide an interactive searchable online database of local, state, regional, national, and international immunization coalitions. Here, interested supporters of immunization can find contacts, resources, ideas, and volunteer opportunities.

We have attempted to contact the approximately 220 coalitions that were previously listed on the old coalitions website, and have received updated information from 68 of these; view their pages here. If you received such an email and haven’t responded, please do so as soon as convenient so we can update your page and make it live. Much of our contact information was not current, so if no one from your coalition has received an email about this new website, please email Teresa Anderson so we can include your coalition in this new resource!
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North Dakota Immunization Conference scheduled for August 3–4

The 2016 North Dakota Immunization Conference will be held in Bismarck on August 3–4. The conference is targeted to healthcare professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, public health professionals, and anyone interested in immunizations. Topics include HPV-associated cancers and prevention, immunization best practices from North Dakota providers, school immunizations, and vaccine storage and handling. Access more information and registration on the conference website.
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Minnesota Department of Health’s Got Your Shots? Immunization Conference to be held September 8–9

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Got Your Shots? Immunization Conference will be held September 8–9, in Minneapolis. This year’s theme is “Celebrating and Fostering Immunization Champions.” Get more information on the conference website.
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23rd Annual Immunize Georgia Conference to be held September 9

The 23rd Annual Immunize Georgia Conference will be held September 9 in Peachtree City, GA. Visit the conference website for the agenda and registration information.
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Indiana Immunization Coalition “Pink Book” training scheduled for October 12–13

The Indiana Immunization Coalition will be offering a two-day, in-person course covering Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (“The Pink Book”) on October 12–13. The Pink Book Training is a comprehensive review of immunization principles, as well as vaccine-preventable diseases and the recommended vaccines to prevent them. The course will cover the most up-to-date immunization information from ACIP presented by faculty from CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Registration information is available here.
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Hawaii Immunization Coalition to offer CDC’s “Pink Book” course January 10–11, 2017

The Hawaii Immunization Coalition (HIC) will be offering a two-day, in-person course covering Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (“The Pink Book”) with CDC faculty reviewing immunization principles, as well as vaccine-preventable diseases and the recommended vaccines to prevent them. More information is available on HIC’s website.
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