Fall 2016 Immunization Conferences

Agency: Community Health

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Dates and Locations of Fall 2016 Conferences

October 11 - Marquette

October 13 - Gaylord

October 25 - Flint Township

October 27 - Troy

October 28 - Dearborn

November 15 - Kalamazoo

November 16 - Grand Rapids  

November 18 - Lansing

Michigan's Annual Immunization Conferences

The MDHHS Fall Regional Immunization Conferences offer an excellent opportunity for health care professionals to get updated on immunization. These conferences have been offered annually for more than 20 years, and consistently receive high ratings from attendees. Their primary goal is to update providers on immunization issues that affect people of all ages.

The 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.

While the conferences are intended for all immunizing providers representing diverse health care settings, physicians’ offices, in particular, may benefit from this immunization update and networking opportunity. However, everyone is welcome to attend this conference, and health care professionals from a variety of settings will find this training opportunity beneficial.


Continuing Education


Pharmacy Accreditation Statement


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, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

Approval valid through 9/27/18.

Assigned ONA # 20263


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 Credit(s)TM . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Speakers' Handouts


Keynote Speakers

William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH

William L. AtkinsonDr. William Atkinson is the associate director for immunization education for the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a nonprofit vaccine advocacy organization based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He joined IAC in 2012. He attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine with postgraduate training in internal medicine, adult infectious diseases, and preventive medicine and received a master’s degree in public health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He was a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 25 years where he participated in a variety of immunization-related activities including measles surveillance and outbreak control, creation of technical and training materials for vaccine providers, and the development of national immunization policy. From 1995 through 2012, he was the writer, producer, and presenter for 125 national satellite broadcasts and webcasts on multiple vaccine-preventable disease topics. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service medal.

Dr. Atkinson spoke at Michigan’s Annual Immunization Conferences for 12 consecutive years – from 2000 through 2011 – and he has always been very supportive of our fall conferences. We’d like to thank Dr. Atkinson for coming back to Michigan again this fall to speak at our conferences.

Candice L. Robinson, MD, MPH

Candice RobinsonDr. Robinson received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She completed a General Academic Pediatrics fellowship at Vanderbilt University, during which she obtained her Masters of Public Health. She began her public health career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer assigned to Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Department of Public Health. She is currently a medical officer in the Immunization Services Division, within CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). In her current position, she serves as the CDC lead for the Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule Work Group of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and provides immunization education to providers.

This is the first year that Dr. Robinson will be presenting at Michigan’s Annual Immunization Conferences. We hope that this is the first of many.

JoEllen Wolicki, RN, BSNJoEllen Wolicki

JoEllen Wolicki has been a Nurse Educator at NCIRD, CDC, since fall 2010. Her responsibilities as an Immunization Nurse Educator include the following: 1) development and presentation of numerous immunization presentations at national, state and local levels; 2) guest lecturer for numerous conferences; and 3) development of immunization educational materials for providers and consumers. Prior to her position at CDC, JoEllen was a Nurse Consultant with the Michigan Immunization program (1996-2010), where she also served as an Immunization Nurse Educator and consultant to various immunization program components.

Since JoEllen left the Michigan Department of Community Health (now the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services), she has returned each fall to present at the Division of Immunization’s fall conferences, and she has always done an outstanding job. We’d like to thank JoEllen for coming back to Michigan again this fall to speak at our conferences.

Immunization Quality Improvement AFIX Awards

Awards will be Presented at Fall Conferences

The providers who received Immunization Quality Improvement AFIX awards during the 2016 Michigan Regional Immunization Conferences are listed on the 2016 Immunization Quality Improvement AFIX Awards Flyer.

There are four categories (2 pediatric and 2 adolescent) for the awards. The providers listed have met or exceeded the category criteria that are listed below. The data was retrieved from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) as of June 2016.

Category 1

Immunization providers that have pediatric patients (n>10) 24-36 months old with minimum of 90 percent coverage level for vaccine series: 4:3:1:3:3:1:4:2 (4 doses of DTaP, 3 doses Polio, 1 dose MMR, 3 doses Hib, 3 doses HepB, 1 dose Varicella, 4 doses PCV and 2 doses HepA)

Category 2

Immunization providers that have pediatric patients (n>10) 24-36 months old with minimum of 75 percent coverage level for 2015-2016 seasonal influenza

Category 3

Immunization providers that have adolescent patients (n>10) 13-18 years old with minimum of 90 percent coverage level for vaccine series: 1:3:2:3:2:1:3 (1 dose Tdap, 3 doses polio, 2 doses MMR, 3 doses HepB , 2 doses varicella, 1 dose MCV, 3 doses HPV)

Category 4

Immunization providers that have adolescent patients (n>10) 13-18 years old with minimum of 75 percent coverage level for 2015-2016 seasonal influenza

To Learn More about AFIX and the AFIX Awards

AFIX Immunization Awards: Please contact Stephanie Sanchez, MDHHS AFIX Quality Improvement Coordinator, at Sanchezs@michigan.gov.

AFIX program: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/afix/about/overview.html

2016 Immunization Quality Improvement AFIX Awards Flyer


Get Email Alerts from the MDHHS Immunization Listserv

It's easy to have your email address added to the MDHHS Immunization Listserv. Simply send an email message to cmarkzon@msms.org and enter the word SUBSCRIBE in the SUBJECT field. Once you have signed up, you will receive information about the MDCH Fall Regional Immunization Conferences. In addition, you will begin receiving the Michigan Immunization Timely Tips (MITT) newsletter, as well as other immunization-related updates on a periodic basis.

To unsubscribe from the MDHHS Immunization Listserv, send an e-mail to cmarkzon@msms.org with "UNSUBSCRIBE" in the subject line.

More Information

Contact Rosemary Franklin at franklinr@michigan.gov.