Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – January 13, 2022


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Coalition News, Top Stories, and Events

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Resources

Coalitions in the News

Announcements


Webinar/Biennial Meeting


Save the date! 2022 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships to be held September 13–15, 2022 in Minneapolis, MN

Immunize​.org and Voices for Vaccines are co-sponsoring the 2022 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships, which is being planned as an in-person meeting in Minneapolis/St. Paul at the Radisson Blu Mall of America on September 13–15, 2022. Please hold the date!

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Coalition News, Top Stories, and Events


Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is now Immunize​.org

The comprehensive organization rebrand first envisioned by IAC founder and executive director emerita, Deborah Wexler, MD, was realized in 2022. IAC released an official press release on January 12, 2022 to announce that it has taken the name of its flagship website, Immunize.org. By rebranding with the name most familiar to the healthcare professionals it serves, Immunize.org hopes to make it easier for more frontline healthcare vaccinators to find it and its resources.

Today, you will find the new look of Immunize​.org on its social media pages on FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedIn, and YouTube. In the coming months, you’ll also see the new look of Immunize.org on a new website with improved searchability to keep accurate, up-to-date resources at the fingertips of vaccinators and the public. Immunize.org looks forward to increasing its visibility and expanding its reach to serve even more frontline vaccinators through these changes planned for 2022.

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IZ Express (formerly IAC Express) welcomes 2022 with a new name and look; invite your colleagues to subscribe

IZ Express (formerly IAC Express) returns to your inbox in 2022 with a new name. The look of the newsletter may be new, but IZ Express remains your same trusted source for accurate immunization information and resources. There’s never been a better time to encourage your co-workers to subscribe to IZ Express to get everything that matters to vaccinators in their own inbox each Wednesday.

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The Arizona Partnership for Immunization and Arizona Department of Health Services partnered with four Arizona universities last winter on a campaign to raise awareness among college students of the importance of flu and COVID-19 vaccines

The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), and four university partners put together flu posters with a messaging campaign aimed to raise awareness among college students of the importance of flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

Their “Beat the Twin-demic” strategy was developed as a means to educate students with minimal burden on the health center staff. The team created a poster for each university using their school colors titled “Public Health 101: Beating a Twin-demic” with five questions to educate students about flu and COVID-19 vaccines. TAPI designed digital and print posters to be distributed across campuses in early November. The posters included a pop-quiz for students to submit answers and qualify for a prize drawing.

Information on the posters is not available online. However, information about vaccines for college students can be found on whyimmunize.org’s College Students main page.

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Immunize Kansas Coalition offers tips and lessons learned from a holiday online fundraising campaign

In late November, Immunize Kansas Coalition (IKC) created their first online fundraising campaign for Giving Tuesday 2021, using the Giving Tuesday Guide for Nonprofits, and guidance for fundraising communications from Nye & Associates. The campaign message theme “Protect Those You Love This Giving Season” combined the coalition’s mission with a key motivation for supporters.

IKC put together the top lessons they learned for promoting and creating a successful Giving Tuesday campaign as a nonprofit, which include:

  • Setting up multiple online donation channels to better optimize the audience
  • Creating an online merchandise store like the IKC store
  • Encouraging Giving Tuesday participation through emails and social media platforms to bring attention to the biggest supporters.

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Voices for Vaccines releases podcast on Omicron variant with Your Local Epidemiologist

Voices for Vaccines (VFV) has posted a new entry in its Vax Talk podcast series: Omicron with Your Local Epidemiologist featuring Katelyn Jetelina, MPH, PhD.

Voices for Vaccines is a national organization of parents and others dedicated to raising the level of the voices of immunization supporters. VFV invites everyone who values vaccines to become a member, use VFV tools in their own community, and get involved with VFV.

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Montgomery County Immunization Coalition has added four new videos to their Vaccine Conversation Video Series

Montgomery County Immunization Coalition (MCIC), Montgomery County Office of Public Health, and TriCounty Health Council added four new videos, primarily focusing on pregnant individuals, to their Vaccine Conversation Video Series. The series is intended to provide the community with credible information about COVID-19 vaccines. In the series, local healthcare leaders dispel misinformation and provide accessible facts in videos that deliver accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines. The four new videos include:

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Families Fighting Flu and University of Iowa launch “Flu’s Clues,” a free, interactive, online game teaching youth about flu disease and vaccines

Families Fighting Flu and the University of Iowa announced their free, interactive game, Flu’s Clues, to help educate youth about flu and vaccinations. The educational game is for people of all ages to have fun learning about the flu and why vaccination is important.

Share this free, interactive game with those looking to learn about how flu spreads, flu symptoms, the difference between flu and other viruses, how flu vaccines are made, and how vaccines can save lives.

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Indiana Immunization Coalition hosts two webinars: “Influenza in the Time of COVID-19” on January 20 and “Indiana Parents’ Intentions and Perceptions about COVID-19 Vaccine for Their Children” on February 15; CE available

The Indiana Immunization Coalition will be hosting two upcoming webinars:

CME, CNE, and Pharmacy Continuing Education will be offered for both webinars.

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AIM hosts webinar “Engaging Rural Pharmacies to Increase Vaccine Access and Confidence” on January 18

The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) will host a webinar titled Engaging Rural Pharmacies to Increase Vaccine Access and Confidence on January 18 at 2:00 p.m. (ET). This webinar features a presentation on the flu and COVID-19 vaccine DRIVE (Demonstrating Real Improvement in Value and Equity) Toolkit for use in rural settings and pharmacies. The webinar will also present the ImmYounity module for pharmacists having vaccine conversations with patients. Through presentations and an interactive Q&A panel, immunization programs will learn best practices for bridging access gaps in rural communities and how to build vaccine confidence.

Register for the webinar.

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Other News, Educational Opportunities, and Events


Save the Date: National Public Health Information Coalition, in partnership with CDC, to host 2022 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media from August 16-18

The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), in partnership with CDC, announced that the 2022 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media (NCHCMM) will be held on August 16–18. Attendees will gather to share ideas for advancing knowledge and innovative practices in the fields of health communication, marketing, and media

Save the date and sign up for updates on 2022 NCHCMM to learn more when information becomes available.

Please send comments, questions, or suggestions to nchcmm@nphic.org.

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Immunize Nevada hosts 2022 Nevada Health Conference on March 7–8 in Reno; abstracts due January 17

The 2022 Nevada Health Conference will be held in Reno, Nevada on March 7–8. This event will bring together practitioners and community partners from different health professions including chronic disease prevention and health promotion, immunizations, and maternal, child, and adolescent health. Continuing education credits are available for multiple healthcare-related fields.

Speaker abstract submissions will be accepted through January 17.

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Resources


CDC launches new interactive COVID-19 vaccine training module to equip healthcare personnel with tools for effective communication with patients

CDC, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, launched its Interactive COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations Module for Healthcare Professionals to assist healthcare professionals in effective COVID-19 vaccine conversations with patients. The module includes:

  • Tips for Having Effective Vaccine Conversations with Patients
  • Five COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations in Practice: Case Scenarios

View the training module to learn how to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccination among patients, which is critical to setting expectations, ensuring vaccine uptake, and helping protect the community.

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CDC’s Partnering for Vaccine Equity program announces new “Vaccine Resource Hub” with COVID-19 and influenza vaccination educational materials

CDC’s Partnering for Vaccine Equity program launched the Vaccine Resource Hub—an online, searchable platform with hundreds of free and accurate resources about COVID-19 and influenza immunization. The Hub will support individuals and organizations working to increase vaccine confidence and acceptance among adults, particularly in Black, Latinx and other historically marginalized communities that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This website is searchable by language, topic, resource type (e.g., audio, graphic, video), region, and keyword.

The Vaccine Resource Hub materials are continuously being updated and expanded.

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CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center presents new video series featuring pediatricians discussing common vaccine questions for parents

The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), in partnership with YouTube, offers a new series of short videos, Vaccine Conversations, to address common vaccine topics such as their safety and the science behind them. The first videos in the series feature Paul A. Offit, MD, and other pediatricians discussing vaccine topics related to their specialties.

Watch the videos through the Vaccine Conversations web page or the CHOP YouTube playlist.

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VYF’s Shot of Prevention releases new blog post on COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy

Vaccinate Your Family (VYF) hosts a blog, Shot of Prevention, where people come to discuss news and views on vaccines. Check out the most recent blog post on Shot of Prevention:

Subscribe to Shot of Prevention to get the latest blog posts delivered to your inbox.

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Coalitions in the News


These recent articles feature coalition activities and other stories of interest to coalitions

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Announcements


Visit Immunize​.org IZ Coalitions Network calendar of events for immunization coalitions!

The Immunizations Coalitions Network maintains a Calendar of Events on its website, immunizationcoalitions​.org. This is an easy way to find out about upcoming national, regional, state, and local conferences, workshops, and virtual educational opportunities.

If you have a vaccination-related event that you would like your colleagues to know about via this Calendar of Events, email info@immunizationcoalitions.org.

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Stay up to date by subscribing to IZ Express (formerly IAC Express), encourage your coalition’s members to subscribe to Immunize​.org’s IZ Coalitions Network News, and please make sure your coalition’s information is up to date on immunizationcoalitions.org, the website of the National Network of Immunization Coalitions

Be sure you’re subscribed to IZ Express!
IZ Express is the free weekly e-newsletter produced by Immunize​.orgIZ Express keeps you informed about new and updated vaccine recommendations from CDC and new vaccine licensures by the FDA. You’ll read about newly posted Vaccine Information Statements and their translations, and new immunization education materials from Immunize​.org, CDC, AAP, and others. It also provides updates on online and in-person educational opportunities, many offering free continuing education credit. To subscribe, simply provide your name and email address at www.immunize.org/subscribe. We will never share your contact information.

Urge your coalition members to sign up for IZ Coalitions Network News!
IZ Coalitions Network News is a monthly e-newsletter for the National Network of Immunization Coalitions that features news of interest to immunization coalitions and nonprofit organizations, including advocacy opportunities, legislative efforts, immunization resources, educational offerings, and local, state, and national conference information. IZ Coalitions Network News is available to coalition members and nonprofit staff, and all people who work with immunization coalitions. To subscribe, send a request to info@immunizationcoalitions.org asking to be included. The National Network of Immunization Coalitions is a project of Immunize​.org.

Make sure your coalition is listed and your information is up to date on immunizationcoalitions.org
The National Network for Immunization Coalitions website at www.immunizationcoalitions.org is a place to learn about immunization coalitions and nonprofit organizations, their locations, missions, activities, newsletters, and how to engage with them. The website promotes the activities of immunization coalitions and nonprofits, offers resources of importance to the network, and provides a searchable online database of local, state, regional, and national immunization coalitions. Interested supporters of immunization can find contacts, resources, ideas, and volunteer opportunities. There are now 139 immunization coalitions and nonprofits listed on this website; view their pages here. If your coalition is not listed, or your information needs to be updated, please email info@immunizationcoalitions.org.

New coalitions and nonprofits are encouraged to include their information on the National Network for Immunization Coalitions website. Updated information can be added at any time by emailing info@immunizationcoalitions.org.

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Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief

Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Policy and Partnerships Officer

Lisa Jacques-Carroll, MA
Coalitions Network Project Manager

Taryn Chapman, MS
Contributing Editor

Marian Deegan, JD
Contributing Editor

Julie R. Murphy, MA
Senior Administrator for Grants and Leadership

Robin VanOss
Technical Reviewer

 

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.