Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – August 30, 2016


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IZCoalitions Network webinar, “Funding for Immunization Coalitions: A Great Challenge,” now available for viewing online

On August 10, the IZCoalitions Network sponsored a one-hour webinar titled “Funding for Immunization Coalitions: A Great Challenge,” that featured Frances Dunn Butterfoss, PhD, 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, and Debbie McCune Davis, executive director, The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), and senator, Arizona State Legislature.

You can now access the archived webinar.

You can also access the webinar slide set in PDF format here: Sustaining & Funding Your Coalition

Dr. Butterfoss also shared a document titled 10 Traits of a Good Grant Writer.

You can access a selection of past webinars on the new Immunization Coalitions Network website.

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Special face-to-face meeting of coalition directors and nonprofit leaders at NIC to discuss issues of importance to immunization coalitions

The 47th National Immunization Conference (NIC) will take place September 13–15 at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. This is an opportunity for attending coalition leaders to get together and discuss issues, including options for scheduling the next National Conference on Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships. To that end, there will be a meeting for coalition directors and nonprofit leaders on September 14 at 7:45 a.m. at the hotel.

Please email Julie at julie@immunize.org at IAC if you plan to attend; she’ll provide the meeting room number. Feel free to suggest agenda items. You’ll need to bring your own breakfast or coffee.

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Reminder: New Immunization Coalitions Network website launched; please update your information if you haven’t already done so!

In May, IAC launched a new website for the Immunization Coalitions Network. 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 engage with them. The website promotes the activities of immunization coalitions, offers resources of importance to the network, and provides a searchable online database of local, state, regional, national, and international immunization coalitions. Interested supporters of immunization can find contacts, resources, ideas, and volunteer opportunities.

IAC has attempted to contact the approximately 200 coalitions listed on the former immunization coalitions website, and has received updated information from 86 of these; view their pages here. If you received an email requesting updated information and haven’t responded, please do so as soon as convenient so we can update your page and make it live. If your coalition is not listed, please email Teresa Anderson so we can include your coalition on the new website.
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Presentations posted from May National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships

IAC recently posted the available presentations from the 2016 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships held in Indianapolis in May at http://www.immunizationcoalitions.org/ncicp-2016.

Please email Teresa at tanderson@immunize.org if you see anything that needs to be changed or added.
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Archived webinar of Dr. William L. Atkinson presenting “Adolescent Immunization: Where We Are Now and How We Can Do Better” available for viewing on IAC website; slide set and speaker notes for your use also available

Since the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) made its first routine adolescent immunization recommendation for tetanus/acellular pertussis/diphtheria (Tdap) vaccine in 2005, several other important vaccines have been added to the ACIP’s recommended immunization schedule for adolescents. Now Tdap, meningococcal ACWY, meningococcal B (a “category B” recommendation, meaning it is recommended, but with individual clinical decision making), human papillomavirus (HPV), and influenza vaccines are all recommended for this age group. Although data from the 2014 National Immunization Survey–Teen (NIS-Teen) indicate vaccine coverage for adolescents is relatively high for the single recommended dose of Tdap, vaccines that require more than one dose to complete the series remain far below desired coverage levels.

To address this problem, William Atkinson, MD, MPH, IAC’s associate director for immunization education, presented a one-hour webinar on adolescent immunization on July 28. During his presentation, Dr. Atkinson reviewed the recommendations for each adolescent vaccine, provided strategies to improve coverage rates in this population, and listed available resources to assist immunization providers in their efforts to improve coverage rates.

The webinar is available on the homepage of immunize.org. Find it by scrolling down to the middle of the page to Dr. Atkinson’s photo.

The slide presentation is available on IAC’s PowerPoint Slide Set web page. You can request the actual slide set and speakers notes for your use on the page as well.

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