Michigan's 2015 Annual Immunization Conferences

Agency: Community Health

 photo of health care providers

Date and Locations

Oct. 13          Marquette   Nov. 6          Flint 
Oct. 15   Gaylord   Nov. 17   Kalamazoo 
Nov. 3   Lansing   Nov. 19   Dearborn 
Nov. 5   Grand Rapids        Nov. 20   Troy 


Speakers' Handouts

Promotional Flyer

Conference Agenda

Keynote Speakers

Conference Details

The Fall Regional Immunization Conferences offer an excellent opportunity for health care professionals (HCP) to get updated on immunization. These conferences have been offered annually for 20 years and consistently receive high ratings from attendees. Their primary goal is to update HCP on immunization issues that affect people of all ages – from the very young to the very old. The one-day conference will provide participants with a variety of practice-management tools, techniques and information that will help assure that all of their patients are fully immunized.

The Michigan Fall Regional Immunization Conferences are appropriate for nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, public health staff, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, medical and nursing students and anyone interested in learning more about current immunization practice in Michigan. These conferences are suitable for both private and public sector providers. Many providers from local health care departments attend these conferences every year. However, it is important to note that the Michigan Fall Regional Immunization Conferences are especially targeted to providers from the private sector.

The registration process began September 10. The registration fee of $50 will include conference materials and lunch. 

Speakers' Handouts

These slides were presented at the final MDHHS Fall Regional Immunization Conference held in Troy, Michigan, on 11/20/15.

These handouts will remain posted until Feb. 5, 2016.



Child Immunization Update

Adult Immunization Update

Michigan Immunization Update

What Goes Around Comes Around: New Challenges with Old Diseases

You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention - Marcus DeGraw, MD

It Doesn't Have to Hurt


October Conferences

Recommending HPV Vaccination: What Are the Magic Words?  - P. Ann Ryan, DO, PhD


Continuing Education


Participants who attend the entire activity and complete an online evaluation form will earn 5.5 contact hours.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Approval valid through 9/25/17.  Assigned ONA # 18497


Statement of Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Michigan State Medical Society and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The Michigan State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement: The Michigan State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


These activities are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for pharmacist continuing education credit.

For more details: Pharmacist continuing education credit flyer.


Keynote Speakers

photo of Marcus DeGraw, MDMarcus DeGraw, M.D., is scheduled to speak at the Lansing, Grand Rapids, Flint, Kalamazoo, Dearborn, and Troy conferences on November 3, 5, 6, 17, 19 and 20. Dr. DeGraw will give a presentation called “Recommending HPV Vaccination - What are the magic words?”

Dr. DeGraw is a board certified Pediatrician and a board certified Child Abuse Pediatrician. He has been a Child Abuse expert since completing a fellowship in Child Abuse at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2003. He has significant experience as a medical expert in this field and in general pediatrics over the last few years.

Dr. DeGraw is currently the Medical Director of the Child Protection Team and Medical Director of Outpatient Pediatric Subspecialty Services at St. John Providence Children’s Hospital in Detroit. He practices in both private and academic settings and in both outpatient and inpatient settings as well.  Dr. DeGraw graduated with his M.D. from Wayne State University in 1999 and completed a residency in Pediatrics at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak in 2002.  He then completed his fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, before he took his current job in Detroit.

photo of Andrew Kroger, MDAndrew Kroger, MD, MPH, is scheduled to speak at the Marquette and Gaylord conferences on October 13 and 15. He will give the Vaccine Update presentation and will participate in the Troubleshooting Panel. Dr. Kroger graduated from Yale University in 1998 with a joint MD/MPH, concentrating in International Health. He trained in Pediatrics for two years at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland before transferring to Emory University where he specialized in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He is board-certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Since 2003 he has worked at CDC in the National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. As one of the traveling trainers in the Education, Information and Partnership Branch, Dr. Kroger presents on topics that include immunization updates and pandemic influenza preparedness. He is also involved with some of the new distance learning activities of the branch, including the Current Issues in Immunization Series delivered through NetConferencing, and is the lead author of the newest edition of CDC’s General Recommendations on Immunization.

photo of Patricia Ann Ryan, DO, PhDPatricia Ann Ryan, DO, PhD, is scheduled to speak at the Marquette and Gaylord conferences on October 13 and 15. Dr. Ryan will give a presentation called “Recommending HPV Vaccination - What are the magic words?”

Dr. Ryan graduated from Michigan State University’s Medical Scientist Training Program in 1994 with both a PhD in Microbiology and a Doctorate of Osteopathy.  She conducted her PhD research in MSU’s Carcinogenesis Lab, using cell fusion to study the loss of tumor suppressor genes in various cancer cell lines cultured in vitro. She completed her Internship at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing (now part of the Sparrow Health System). During this time, she developed a passion for rural primary care and obtained her Family Practice certification through a six year practice pathway.

After completing her certification in Family Practice, Dr. Ryan continued to practice Family Medicine in the rural mid-Michigan area while developing a practice in Complementary Medicine. From 2002 to 2003 she completed advanced level training in Clinical Hypnotherapy at Loyola University in a course of study approved by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  In 2005, she completed a comprehensive course in Medical Acupuncture through the Helm’s Medical Institute at UCLA.

In 2011, after 16 years of in rural Family Practice, Dr. Ryan returned to East Lansing and MSU.  From 2011 through 2014, she provided primary care at the MSU Student Health Center.  In 2013, Dr. Ryan joined the Physician Peer Education Project on Immunization, a collaborative effort between the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, coordinated through MSU Extension.  As a presenter for the project, she provides live updates on vaccine preventable diseases to medical providers throughout Michigan.  She currently devotes her time to this project and to her Complementary Medicine Practice in Okemos, Michigan.

photo of Ray Strikas, MD, MPH


Raymond A. Strikas, MD, MPH, is scheduled to speak at the Kalamazoo, Dearborn and Troy conferences on November 17, 19 and 20. He will give the Vaccine Update presentation and will participate in the Troubleshooting Panel. Dr. Strikas is a Medical Officer in the Communication and Education Branch of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC. He is the Education Team Leader in the Branch.  The Team develops health education materials and programs for health care providers, including print, internet, and video materials.

He received his undergraduate and doctor of medicine degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago, the latter in 1978.  He completed training in internal medicine in 1981 and in infectious diseases in 1983, at both the Hines Veterans' Affairs Medical Center and Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago. He received his Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University in 2011.  He is board-certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Dr. Strikas served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC between 1983 and 1985.  He worked at the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1989 to 2006 on adult immunization issues, particularly influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, and pandemic influenza preparedness and response planning.  During this period at CDC, he was also a health educator, and directed smallpox preparedness and response activities for the National Immunization Program. Between 2006 and 2010 he worked at the National Vaccine Program Office at HHS in Washington, D.C., on pandemic influenza preparedness, seasonal influenza vaccination promotion, and coordinated revision of the United States National Vaccine Plan. He is an acknowledged national authority on vaccine-preventable diseases, the vaccines to prevent them, and he has authored or co-authored over 60 articles and book chapters on these subjects.

photo of JoEllen Wolicki, RN, BSN, CDC immunization educatorJoEllen Wolicki, RN, BSN, is scheduled to speak at the Lansing, Grand Rapids and Flint conferences on November 3, 5 and 6. She will give the Vaccine Update presentation and will participate in the Troubleshooting Panel. Ms. Wolicki earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Detroit/Mercy. Prior to accepting a position with CDC, JoEllen served as a nurse consultant for the Michigan Department of Community Health Division of Immunization for 14 years. She served as a co-leader of the Division’s Immunization Nurse Education (INE) program, along with several other nurses. Her duties included creating and updating educational modules, and training other nurses to present the modules. In addition, JoEllen also presented sessions to providers. She conducted immunization presentations at national, state and local levels including the National Immunization and National Immunization and Health Coalitions Conferences. She also worked with various program components including adolescent immunization, the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, and Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and Exchange (AFIX). She created and revised immunization education materials for health care providers and the general public.

In 2010, Ms. Wolicki joined the Communication and Education Branch at CDC as a Nurse Educator. JoEllen provides immunization information to healthcare providers through in-person courses, conference presentations and webinars. Her responsibilities include developing health education materials and programs for health care providers, including print, internet, and video materials.

More Information

Contact Rosemary Franklin at franklinr@michigan.gov or 517-335-9485.


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From the Vault: Videos shown at 2014 Fall Conferences

Facing Influenza

Making a Strong Provider Recommendation - Jevon McFadden, MD, MPH

Completing the 5-Step Immunization Process in a Busy Office - Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPPP