Network News – February 16, 2023

 


Webinar/Biennial Meeting 

Coalition News, Top Stories, and Events

Other News, Educational Opportunities, and Events

 Resources

Coalitions in the News

Announcements


Webinar/Biennial Meeting


Save the Date! National Network of Immunization Coalitions will hold an interactive webinar on the new Virulent documentary on March 20.

Immunize​.org in collaboration with the National Network of Immunization Coalitions will be hosting an opportunity for all coalition members to view the new Virulent documentary. You will need to register (at no charge) for a link to view the documentary online at any time during a 10–day period, after which there will be a live, interactive webinar with the director and producer, as well as other invited guests/speakers.

Mark your calendar. This National Network of Immunization Coalitions webinar on the Virulent documentary is scheduled at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on March 20.

Registration information, as well as instructions on how to watch the documentary online, will be made available soon.

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Coalition News, Top Stories, and Events


The National Network of Immunization Coalitions highlights the Missouri Immunization Coalition

The Missouri Immunization Coalition (MIC) promotes and educates about vaccines across the lifespan. In the last quarter of 2022, MIC launched an influenza campaign to promote the importance of flu vaccination in Missouri. The media campaign targeted parents, schools, businesses and employers, travelers, and audiences at high risk for flu complications, including adults age 65 and older, pregnant individuals, young children, individuals with asthma, and individuals with chronic diseases.

Flu vaccination messages were broadcast on Hispanic radio stations and shared on Black-owned media channels. The following media tactics were used for the campaign: radio spots on 78 Missouri radio stations, including radio stations in hard-to-reach rural, urban, and Hispanic communities; signage and exposure during the Missouri State High School Activities Association football events; Google In-Stream Video, Facebook, and Instagram targeting key audiences based on geography, demographic, interests, and behavior, directly in their feeds and across the platform’s entire ad network.

Some of MIC’s other recent activities include:

  • Assisting local health departments in Missouri in advertising their COVID-19 vaccination efforts through local newspapers, radio stations, direct mailers, and social media ads targeting audiences based on geography
  • Promoting COVID-19 vaccination in Missouri through various media tactics, such as a statewide campaign (billboards, digital, social media, radio, etc.) and college sports events
  • Developing materials that could be co-branded and a provider toolkit to educate and promote the importance of being up to date on routine vaccines. The organization intends to start training healthcare providers on how to use the toolkits, which include materials for various audiences.
  • The MIC is planning the following campaigns: HPV vaccine in Feb–March and Hepatitis vaccines in May

MIC’s website has a back-to-school vaccine schedule available with vaccine recommendations for school-aged children and will soon have a vaccine schedule by occupation.

Finally, MIC will hold its in-person “Missouri Immunization Conference 2023” on April 26–27 in Columbia, Missouri. More information will be posted soon on its website and social media channels.

Other upcoming MIC events can be found here: moimmunize.org/events.

If you are interested in receiving the MIC newsletter, toolkit, training updates, and other communications, please use the sign-up form.

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Does your coalition aspire to host the 2024 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships? Applications due March 1.

The application to host the 2024 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships (NCICP) is now available and has been shared via the National Network of Immunization Coalitions Listserv. If your coalition is interested in hosting and you have not seen the application, please email info@immunizationcoalitions.org for information.

Applications are due March 1.

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Iowa Immunizes shares its experience with the “Traveling Banners” project

Iowa Immunizes, along with their grassroots group, Loud Science, created “Traveling Banners” as a way to involve all Iowans in spreading pro-vaccine messages. A series of banners was developed in a participatory process with community members across the state in the fall of 2022 at events such as the Dubuque LatinX Fiesta and the Des Moines Farmers Market.

The banners will be displayed across the state at community events. If you are interested in displaying a banner at your event, contact iowaimmunizes@iowapha.org.

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Montgomery County Immunization Coalition shares COVID-19 vaccine resources in celebration of Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the generations of Black and African American individuals who have struggled to overcome adversity and to celebrate their many contributions to the United States. According to the CDC, Black Americans are disproportionately affected by chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The threat of COVID-19 has increased health risks for people with these underlying conditions. The Montgomery County Immunization Coalition (MCIC) is focused on bringing attention to the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Black community.

MCIC has created a social media image along with social media messages that you can use on your platforms to encourage your communities to get all the recommended COVID-19 vaccines during Black History Month.

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Immunize Kansas Coalition developed communication materials to educate legislators on immunizations

In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, the Immunize Kansas Coalition (IKC) created Kansas-specific communication materials for members to share with legislators. IKC’s Policy and Education & Awareness Strategic Team Chairs alongside other coalition members worked collaboratively to develop short and simple messaging tailored for lawmakers. The content was then transformed into two delivery formats including emails sent directly to lawmakers and a printed brochure for coalition members to share personally with their legislators, community members, families, and patients.
The emails for lawmakers were disseminated in two phases.

  • The first round explained the purpose of a vaccine for vaccine-preventable diseases, the reasoning behind giving vaccines, and why vaccines are recommended at the ages they are. The email also reflected briefly on what life without vaccines would look like.
  • The second round of emails shared childhood vaccine requirements and state laws in Kansas and explained the available exemptions due to medical or religious beliefs

IKC sent the emails to Kansas legislators in early January, before the session began.

A three-panel brochure was used by coalition members in a variety of settings, including on IKC Advocacy Day on February 8, where individuals used the brochure to guide their talking points as they met with legislators and talked about the importance of immunization.

The IKC emails and brochure included a call to action to learn more about vaccination by completing IKC’s Protect Kansans with Immunization education module and contained coalition contact information for follow-up conversations and questions.

Immunize Kansas Coalition invites you to view its Advocacy Day Communications webpage to view the materials. If you have questions on how to create similar resources for your advocacy work, contact the IKC Staff at immkscoalition@gmail.com.

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#WeThePeopleVax kicks off its 2023 schedule with a President’s Day campaign on February 20

#WeThePeopleVax, is an initiative developed by a group of statewide immunization coalitions and health organizations. It promotes vaccine efficacy and safety by raising awareness of the patriotism of vaccinating to keep Americans healthy.

#WeThePeopleVax is kicking off its 2023 schedule with a campaign for President’s Day on February 20. The campaign currently has 21 members representing 17 states and plans to expand its reach to all 50 states this year.

You can download assets to use on your channels at wethepeoplevax.org/campaigns.

If your organization is interested in joining or wants to learn more, contact sarad@vaccinateindiana.org.

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Virtual: Immunize Nevada hosts NILE webinar “Addressing Access Barriers to Vaccines in the Black Community: Challenges of the Past and Future” on February 22

Immunize Nevada will host a Nevada Immunization Learning Exchange (NILE) webinar titled Addressing Access Barriers to Vaccines in the Black Community: Challenges of the Past and Future on February 22 at 12:00 p.m. (PT). This presentation will review the past to current history of medical traumas in the black community, explore implicit biases within healthcare institutions and patient distrust, and discuss solutions to meet the unique needs of underserved communities from a multidisciplinary approach. The learning objectives include:

  • Understand the impact of implicit bias in the healthcare system
  • Identify and address vaccine hesitancy in specific populations with a history of medical mistrust
  • Increase vaccine confidence and provide equitable support for ethnic and racial minorities to simplify and streamline access to health resources and services
  • Enhance cultural competence to provide for the unique needs of ethnic and racial minority communities

Register for the webinar.

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Virtual: Immunize​.org offers webinar “Improving the Vaccination Experience: Reducing Pain and Anxiety for Children and Adults” on February 28

Anxiety about needles and injections affects as many as 2 out of 3 children and 1 out of 4 adults. This anxiety can contribute to dreading, delaying, or avoiding vaccinations, even when the importance of preventing illness is understood. Good news: there are safe, effective, and practical steps that vaccinators, vaccine recipients, and caregivers can take to reduce vaccination-related pain and anxiety. Creating a less stressful vaccination experience increases confidence in vaccination.

Attend this live, 1-hour webinar hosted by Immunize​.org, Improving the Vaccination Experience: Reducing Pain and Anxiety for Children and Adults at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on February 28 to learn more about the principles behind vaccination pain and anxiety. Learn simple, evidence-based strategies to reduce apprehension. These strategies were developed by the experts from HELP Eliminate Pain in Kids and Adults. Their work was used by the World Health Organization (WHO), Public Health Canada, and others to develop guidelines for reducing vaccination pain.

The panelists will be:

  • Anna Taddio, BScPhm, PhD; Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto; Senior Associate Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Ontario
  • Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH; President and CEO, Immunize​.org
  • Lucie Marisa Bucci, MA; Director, Policy and Government Relations, Society for Infodemic Management (SIM), Québec, Québec
  • Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH; Director for Research, Immunize​.org

Following the presentation, ample time is reserved for your questions.

Register now to be sure you don’t miss this important session to help you make vaccination a more positive experience for everyone.

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Virtual: Unity Consortium hosts communications briefing for Adolescent Immunization Action Week 2023 (#AIAW23) on March 1

The Unity Consortium (Unity) will host a communications briefing for Adolescent Immunization Action Week (#AIAW23) from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. (ET) on March 1. During the meeting, Unity will share the latest #AIAW23 partner comprehensive toolkits—turnkey resources for use with your constituents and members. The toolkits include videos, social media posts, newsletter inserts, and more.

Unity launched this initiative to bring attention to the importance of adolescent immunization and to urge healthcare providers and parents to get adolescents up to date on recommended vaccines.

Contact unity@unity4teenvax.org for a meeting invitation or to discuss your participation in AIAW23. Please consider sponsoring webinars and events, and including AIAW23 in your communication plans leading up to and during April 3–7.

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In-person: Hawaii Immunization Coalition holds “CDC Pink Book Course” in Honolulu on March 7-8

Hawaii Immunization Coalition will host its 2023 Hawaii CDC Pink Book Course in Honolulu, HI, on March 7–8. Faculty from CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases will present an in-person, two-day comprehensive review of immunization principles, as well as vaccine-preventable diseases and the recommended vaccines to prevent them. The course will feature the most up-to-date immunization information from the ACIP.

CME, CNE, CECH, CUE, and CPE will be available for the event through CDC.

Register for the in-person course.

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“Operationalizing CDC-Recommended Vaccinations for Adults Is at a Critical Point in Time” published in Becker’s Hospital Review

On February 7, Becker’s Hospital Review, in collaboration with Immunize.org’s Director of Adult Immunization, Carolyn Bridges, MD, and Chief Policy and Partnerships Officer, L.J Tan, MS, PhD, published  Operationalizing CDC-Recommended Vaccinations for Adults Is at a Critical Point in Time. A summary appears below.

Already low adult vaccination coverage rates have slumped even more following the COVID-19 pandemic. As the country emerges from the depths of the pandemic, we now have an opportunity to sustain adult immunization efforts developed during the pandemic and utilize them for all ACIP/CDC recommended adult vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, to recover these losses. Healthcare systems have an important responsibility to develop year-round immunization programs that will assess and provide recommended vaccines to adult patients.

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Other News, Educational Opportunities, and Events


Virtual: Association of Immunization Managers’ iREACH project hosts two webinars in February

The iREACH team at  Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) will host a webinar titled Working with Faith-Based Communities to Increase Flu and COVID-19 Vaccination Rates: Part 2, at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on February 21, which will build upon the first iREACH faith-based webinar and will feature a moderated panel discussion with leaders representing a variety of faith communities. These faith leaders will share their experiences partnering with REACH projects to promote flu and COVID-19 vaccinations in their faith communities.

Register for the webinar.

Additionally, the iREACH team at AIM will host a one-hour monthly webinar series titled REACHing for Health Equity. This series of informative webinars will complement the upcoming iREACH 2023 podcast series, REACHing for Vaccine Equity, and will discuss the accomplishments and challenges of working in racial and ethnic minority communities to increase flu and COVID-19 vaccination rates and explore how these activities intersect with traditional REACH work on decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in chronic diseases and promoting healthy behaviors.

These webinars will take place every fourth Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and will feature a panel including a REACH recipient, an expert clinician, a patient advocate or a community-based organization/partner, and an iREACH subject matter expert. Each month the webinar will focus on a specific chronic disease topic.

The first webinar in the series, REACHing for Health Equity: Heart Disease, will take place at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on February 22.

Register for the webinar.

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Virtual: SAFE Communities offers webinar “Healthy Boundaries—Online and Offline” on February 23

SAFE Communities is offering a webinar titled Healthy Boundaries—Online and Offline on February 23 at 11:00 a.m. (MT). During this webinar, you will learn skills for keeping yourself safer online and in person as you advocate for better vaccine policy.

Register for the webinar.

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Virtual: American College Health Association offers five-part webinar series Facts or Fakes? Promoting Health Literacy Skills with Your Students from January through May 

The American College Health Association (ACHA) is offering a free, five-part webinar series, Facts or Fakes? Promoting Health Literacy Skills with Your Students, beginning in January. This five-part webinar series will provide tools for campus personnel in all disciplines to use when working with students to help them navigate misinformation, disinformation, and the infodemic. Courses include:

  • January 10, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET): “Health Literacy 101” (available on-demand)
  • February 21, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET): “Digital Wellbeing and Mental Health:
    Helping Me is Helping We”
  • March 7, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET): “Debunking Fake News”
  • April 18, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET): “Confronting Misinformation in Our Circles of Influence”
  • May 9, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET): “Managing the Infodemic: Getting Started”

Up to 5 hours of credit are available for CNE, CME, and CHES, and 1.0 CE is available for counselors specifically for session 2.

Registration for the series will allow you access to all five sessions, both the live webinars and the on-demand recordings.

Register for the free webinars.

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Resources


Association of Immunization Managers shares statement on school and childcare immunization entry requirements

On January 31, the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) shared a statement in PR UndergroundAIM Statement on School and Child-Care Immunization Entry Requirements, expressing strong support for school and childcare immunization entry requirements. A portion of the statement from Claire Hannan, MPH, Executive Director of AIM, appears below.

The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) strongly supports school and child-care immunization entry requirements. These requirements are effective public health tools for increasing immunization coverage in children and preventing transmission of disease in school and child-care settings. The vast majority of parents support routine vaccination of children and adolescents, and more than 94% of kindergarteners in public school are vaccinated as required by current state laws. These policies also prevent disruptions in education and help parents avoid missing work. Removing or weakening school entry requirements will lead to predictable, costly, and potentially tragic disease outbreaks.

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Help! Make It Make Sense with Dr. Toni and Dr. Aimee podcast on bringing energy, commitment, passion, and faith into public health with Julissa Soto, MPH

Help! Make It Make Sense with Dr. Toni and Dr. Aimee is a podcast series hosted by Toni Eyssallenne, MD, PhD, and Aimee Bernard, PhD, where they discuss recent headlines and separate fact from fiction. The latest entry in the series, Making Public Health Sexy with Julissa Soto!! features Julissa Soto, MPH. A description from the web page appears below.

We are so excited to introduce you to Julissa Soto, an independent health equity and vaccine advocate in Colorado who developed a program called Vaccine Sundays where she immunizes community members in various churches around the state and how she finds the strength to not slow down any time soon!

We talk about her approach of combining theology, community empowerment and public health.

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Vaccinate Your Family releases Spanish video on the importance of vaccines during pregnancy and a PSA on flu, COVID-19, and Tdap vaccines

Vaccinate Your Family (VYF) recently released a Spanish video, Vacunas Durante el Embarazo, explaining the importance of vaccination during pregnancy. The video explains that vaccination can protect you and your baby from diseases like influenza, whooping cough, and COVID-19.

Watch the video in Spanish.

VYF also released its How Can You Help Protect Your Family? main page with radio PSAs on vaccine-preventable diseases like COVID-19, influenza, and Tdap. This page is also available in Spanish.

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National Foundation of Infectious Diseases releases #ShowUp and #FightFlu Partner Toolkit: Helping You Show Up for Your Family and Your Community to empower Black adults to protect themselves and their families from the flu

The National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID), in collaboration with Black-led and Black-serving partner organizations, released #ShowUp and #FightFlu Partner Toolkit: Helping You Show Up for Your Family and Your Community to raise awareness of the importance of the annual flu vaccine for Black adults. The campaign aims to empower Black adults with information about what they can do to help protect themselves and their families from the flu, including getting an annual flu vaccine.

The toolkit includes key messages, graphics, and social media posts, which are all free and available to co-brand.

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AAP and FrameWorks Institute publish “Reframing the Conversation about Child and Adolescent Vaccinations,” with recommendations for communicating

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and FrameWorks Institute released Reframing the Conversation about Child and Adolescent Vaccinations in January 2023. This strategic brief includes five evidence-based recommendations for communicating about vaccinations:

  1. Talk about the benefits of vaccination for the common good
  2. Talk about improving vaccination access as a preventive public health measure
  3. Focus on how vaccines benefit children’s and adolescents’ long-term health and wellbeing
  4. Use a computer updates metaphor to explain how the immune system improves its performance through vaccination
  5. Use a literacy metaphor to explain how the immune system learns how to respond to viruses through vaccination

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VYF’s Shot of Prevention releases blog post with tips to stay well this winter

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 Shot of Prevention blog post:

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 

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Announcements


Announcements from the National Network of Immunization Coalitions

The National Network of Immunization Coalitions reminds you of the important ways every coalition can plug into the power of our network:

  • Bookmark National Network of Immunization Coalitions’ Calendar of Events on its website, immunizationcoalitions.org, to learn about upcoming national, regional, state, and local conferences; workshops; and virtual educational opportunities
  • Subscribe to IZ Express, the free weekly e-newsletter produced by Immunize.org, for immunization-related news, new and updated recommendations, educational materials, and educational opportunities
  • Urge your coalition members to sign up for IZ Coalitions Network Newsthe monthly e-newsletter for the National Network of Immunization Coalitions that features news of interest to immunization coalitions and nonprofit organizations. To subscribe, send a request to info@immunizationcoalitions.org asking to be included.
  • Be sure that your coalition is listed and information is up to date on the National Network of Immunization Coalitions website. To add your coalition or make updates, please email info@immunizationcoalitions.org.

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