Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – August 13, 2018


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Save the date: IZCoalitions Network webinar “Social Media: Lessons Learned from the Trenches” scheduled for August 28

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 Tuesday, August 28, at 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT). The webinar will feature Erica DeWald, director of advocacy for Every Child By Two/Vaccinate Your Family, and Karen Ernst, Voices for Vaccines, presenting on “Social Media: Lessons Learned from the Trenches.”  These two organization have years of experience with using social media.

Erica and Karen will share information, experiences, suggestions, and warnings to help other immunization organizations make the best use of outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and more.

We will send an invitation from ReadyTalk approximately a week before the webinar. When you register, you will receive a link to access the event on August 28.

Hope you all can make it!

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Immunization coalition directors’ and nonprofit leaders’ calls have moved to a monthly schedule

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has been sponsoring quarterly conference calls for coalition directors and nonprofit leaders for several years. Recently, the group agreed that it would be helpful to hold these calls every month. These are not webinars with an expert speaker, but rather working conference calls where coalition and nonprofit leaders discuss issues of concern and share information, such as proposed state legislation. Calls are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. E.T., so mark your calendars!

Reminders will be sent out via the IZCoalitions private email discussion group (IZCoalitions listserv) about a week before each call. Attendees must R.S.V.P. to receive the call-in information. If you are a director of an immunization coalition or a nonprofit leader who is not already a member of the private email discussion group, please email Teresa Anderson at to find out more about the discussion group and/or the monthly conference calls.

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California Immunization Coalition to sponsor August 23 webinar about maternal vaccination

The California Immunization Coalition will be sponsoring a webinar at 12:00 p.m. PT (3:00 p.m. ET) on August 23 titled “Protecting Mothers and Infants through Maternal Immunization.” The speaker will be C. Mary Healy, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist, Texas Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. The overview of this session is reprinted below.

In the United States and other countries, maternal immunization is recommended to protect both mother and young infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. The rationale for maternal immunization is built on the concept of passive protection; women mount an antibody response after immunization and transfer protective antibodies across the placenta during pregnancy to protect the infant during the first months of life. Influenza and pertussis vaccination is recommended for all pregnant women in the United States. This webinar will discuss the rationale and evidence for these recommendations and strategies to improve vaccination rates in pregnant women.

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Idaho Immunization Summit to be held October 11 in Boise

The 2018 Idaho Immunization Summit will be held on October 11 in Boise, ID. The summit’s keynote speaker will be Catherine Flores-Martin, executive director of the California Immunization Coalition.

View the draft agenda.

Register for the summit. Contact Karen Sharpnack at or call 208-961-1514 if you have a question or need a scholarship.

View the 2018 Idaho Immunization Summit web page.

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Nevada Health Conference scheduled for October 15–16

The 2018 Nevada Health Conference, supported by the Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health, will be held October 15–16 in Reno. This year’s theme is “Paving the Path to a Healthy Nevada.” The two-day conference offers concurrent workshop sessions and opens with keynote speaker and pediatrician, Nathan Boonstra, MD, FAAP, on day one. On day two of the conference, intensive general mini-sessions provide in-depth and focused training opportunities.

Continuing education credits are available for multiple healthcare-related fields.

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Got Your Shots? Immunization Conference to be held in Minneapolis, November 1–2

The 2018 Got Your Shots? Immunization Conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health, will be held November 1–2 in Minneapolis. This year’s theme is “Close the gap: Improving immunization coverage rates through best practices.” The conference is intended for nurses, physicians, medical assistants, pharmacists, local public health professionals, community vaccinators, and anyone else who works with immunizations. Continuing education units will be available.

View the conference agenda.

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Deborah L. Wexler, MD
Executive Director

Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer

Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH
Associate Director for Research

Teresa A. Anderson, DDS, MPH
Coalitions Network Project Manager

Julie R. Murphy, MA
Senior Administrator for Grants and Leadership
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The Coalition also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, health care organizations, and government health agencies. Click here for more information on IAC.