Fall 2016 Immunization ConferencesAgency: Community Health
Dates and Locations of the 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
Registration will begin September 14!
The registration link will appear on this web page on September 14. We will also email our immunization listservs on that date.
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.
The conference registration fee will be $50.
This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)
Please contact Rosemary Franklin at 517-284-4878 for more information.
William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH
Dr. Atkinson is the Associate Director for Immunization Education for the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). 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.
In 2012, Dr. Atkinson retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after 25 years of service. He was a medical epidemiologist and training team lead at the Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), a position he held for 17 years. During his tenure at CDC, 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.
In 1995, he conceived, developed, and took the lead in writing the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (also called the Pink Book), which is now in its 13th edition. He is the author or coauthor of 52 publications and book chapters primarily relating to measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. He contributed to several editions of the American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book and to Vaccines. Since 1989, he has been a member of multiple work groups for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and is currently a member of work groups responsible for developing CDC's harmonized child and adolescent immunization schedule, general immunization recommendations, meningococcal recommendations, and pertussis recommendations.
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 are very pleased to welcome him back to Michigan again this year.
Candice L. Robinson, MD, MPH
Dr. 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, BSN
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.
Awards will be Presented at Fall Conferences
The providers who are going to receive 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. Staff from these offices, attending the 2016 conferences, will be given green AFIX Award ribbons to wear on their name tags and the practice/clinic will receive a framed certificate to display in their waiting area. If you are attending one of the conferences and you see someone wearing the green ribbon, please congratulate them and ask them a question about their immunization activities and strategies in their practice that have resulted in high coverage levels.
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)
Immunization providers that have pediatric patients (n>10) 24-36 months old with minimum of 75 percent coverage level for 2015-2016 seasonal influenza
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)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com with "UNSUBSCRIBE" in the subject line.
Contact Rosemary Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org.