Community Partnership: An Investment That Will Deliver Your Message

Join us for the next VICNetwork Webinar:

  Wednesday, January 30, 2013

11:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern

  Community Partnership: An Investment That Will Deliver Your Message   

Building collaborative relationships with community partners can make all the difference in successfully promoting public health campaigns and messages. Join the next VICNetwork webinar to learn about how partnerships developed with state and local organizations is a worthwhile investment that will help maximize your ability to share information and build support.


Objectives for this course:

  • Identify three ways communication specialists can partner with local, state and national organizations to reach diverse communities
  • Understand how community partnerships can assist public health communicators in disseminating important health messages during routine and emergency situations
  • Understand how to maintain partnerships between community organizations and public health agencies.



DMcCuneDavis-200x200Debbie McCune Davis, Executive Director with The Arizona Partnership (TAPI)

Ms. Davis has served as the Executive Director for The Arizona Partnership for Immunization, better known as TAPI, since February 1996.  She developed her knowledge of the community and her skills in collation development as an elected member of the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona Senate, serving from 1979 until 1994 and again from January 2003 to the present. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Arizona State University.

JTinney-200x200Jennifer Tinney, Program Director with The Arizona Partnership (TAPI)

Jennifer Tinney is the Program Director for The Arizona Partnership for Immunizations and has been working in immunization education for 10 years.  She specializes in provider education programs, vaccine financing, public health billing systems and partner development.  Her background is in Microbiology and Social Work – a quirky mix of tracking disease behavior and human behavior.

JFowler-200x200Jeanene Fowler, Public Information Officer with Maricopa County, Arizona

Jeanene Fowler is currently the Public Information Supervisor for Maricopa County Department of Public Health in Phoenix, Ariz. In this capacity, she is responsible for all day to day marketing communications activities on behalf of the department including responding to media requests, drafting risk communications plans, advising senior management, building community partnership and participating in all emergency response activities. Prior to this, Jeanene worked with several public relations agencies in the Phoenix market managing public relations activities for clients such as casinos, banks and the state health department. When asked why she left the private sector to work with the government, her response was simple, “Marketing and public relations is just not fulfilling to me unless I know that everyday I have the potential to make an impact in someone’s life.” Jeanene has served on the boards of the National Public Health Information Coalition and the Arizona Public Health Association. Jeanene graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in marketing and public relations from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.

MLeach-150x150Machrina Leach, Nurse Program Manager with Maricopa County, Arizona

Machrina Leach is the Nurse Program Manager for the Office of Community Health Nursing at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been working in immunizations for over 23 years. She oversees three clinics and multiple outreach immunization events immunizing over 40,000 children a year. She works closely with partners to provide immunization education programs, community immunization events and immunization promotion. Machrina is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Nursing. After working three years in a pediatric hospital caring for ill children she wanted to focus her nursing career on keeping children healthy.

CarlosV-200x200Carlos Velázquez, CDC Flu Disparities Project

Carlos Velázquez has been in the health field for more than 20 years designing and implementing national and local prevention programs in the US and abroad. His work in health disparities has touched upon issues related to HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, food insecurity, and immunization. Mr. Velázquez is the Vice President of Community Engagement for HMA Associates, in Washington, DC and he currently oversees the CDC’s communications initiative for grassroots social marketing to promote influenza immunization to disparate populations. He has developed partnerships in 45 target markets to coordinate media events, orchestrate flu vaccine clinics, and broaden the campaign message reach through social media platforms.   

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