Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – August  21, 2019


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Vaccinate Your Family and the entire immunization community mourn the loss of Rich Greenaway

Vaccinate Your Family (VYF, formerly Every Child by Two) and the entire immunization community mourn the loss of Rich Greenaway. Rich was the director of operations and special projects at Vaccinate Your Family. He had devoted more than two decades to protecting people from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Executive Director Amy Pisani posted a remembrance about Rich on the VYF blog on August 16 along with photos. The first paragraph is reprinted below.


This past weekend, Vaccinate Your Family (VYF) lost a beloved colleague and close friend. Rich Greenaway, our Director of Operations and Special Projects, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. Rich was a committed champion of vaccinations and a superlative human being who dedicated more than two decades of his life to protecting people of all ages from vaccine-preventable diseases. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Rich’s obituary and information about his guestbook and funeral services are available at the DeVol Funeral Home website.

All of us at IAC mourn Rich’s untimely passing. He was a person of intelligence, kindness, and compassion. His absence will be profoundly felt by everyone at IAC and in the immunization community.

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IZCoalitions Network webinar “Using Social Media” now available for viewing online

On July 16, the IZCoalitions Network sponsored a one-hour webinar titled “Using Social Media,” that featured four speakers with experience in using social media. The speakers:

  • Jennifer Zavolinsky, director of outreach initiatives, Vaccinate Your Family
  • Karen Ernst, executive director, Voices for Vaccines
  • Heidi Parker, executive director, Immunize Nevada
  • American Davis, communications and outreach project coordinator, Immunize Nevada

The speakers answered a number of important questions in round robin format. Examples of the questions:

  • What are you trying to accomplish on social media?
  • What is the most time consuming work in social media?
  • What social media tools to you use most and why?
  • What tools do you not use or avoid?
  • How do you handle negative comments on your social media?

This session was moderated by L.J Tan, MS, PhD, IAC’s chief strategy officer. The format and speakers were very well received, as evidenced by this response from one of the participants: “WOW! That was my favorite webinar in the last year, for sure!”

You can now access a recording of this webinar.

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Register for the 2019 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships by August 31 to receive the discounted rate; conference to take place November 13–15 in Honolulu

The 14th National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships, Navigating from Local to Global, will take place in Honolulu from November 13–15. This is a great opportunity for coalition members and others to learn from expert speakers and network with members of immunization coalitions from around the nation.

Please register by August 31, 2019, to receive the early bird rate.

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New! “FLU VACCINE” buttons and stickers now available for purchase from IAC

Start your preparations for the 2019–20 influenza season by ordering IAC’s new “FLU VACCINE” buttons and stickers from SHOP IAC. These new resources are modeled after “I Voted” stickers, which are given to voters in many states as they leave the polls on Election Day. The flu vaccine buttons and stickers are bright red to help broadcast your important vaccination message. And the cost is low!


Demonstrate your clinic-wide support for protecting everyone from influenza by purchasing buttons for all staff to wear. Measuring 1.25″ across, the button is understated in size but carries a bold message! Brightly colored red, round button with white text and a metal pin that clasps on the back.

Pin on your lab coat, uniform, other clothing, tote bag, or backpack to show support for influenza vaccination. Wear it when flu vaccine is available in your clinic to remind patients and the public to protect themselves from influenza.

Buttons are delivered in bags of 10 buttons per bag. Click here for pricing and ordering information.


These brightly colored red, round stickers measure 1.5″ across. Printed on Avery labels, they adhere well to clothing and have an easy-peel-off back.

Wearing these brightly colored stickers, your patients will be letting their communities know that influenza vaccination is important.

Suitable for clinic staff, too! Urge all staff to wear them at work during flu vaccination season. This sends a powerful reminder to patients to get vaccinated.

Stickers are delivered to you cut individually (not on rolls)—available in bundles of 100. Click here for pricing and ordering information.

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Check out IAC’s Calendar of Events to find conferences in your area, including many sponsored by coalitions

IAC maintains a Calendar of Events on its website for healthcare professionals at This is an easy way to find out about upcoming regional, state, and national conferences, and workshops, including those sponsored by coalitions. The calendar also includes special weeks of observances.

If you have an immunization-related event that you would like your colleagues to know about via this Calendar of Events, email IAC at
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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.