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Webinar – March 7, 2018 – Get Ready for National Infant Immunization Week 2018!

Get Ready for National Infant Immunization Week 2018!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. NIIW is taking place from April 21-28, 2018.  During this planning webinar, participants will learn about NIIW planning tools, digital communication resources, and CDC activities planned for the week. The Houston Health Department will also share lessons learned from NIIW 2017, including outreach to pregnant women about infant immunization, as well as plans for this year.
Featured Speakers: 

Jenny Mullen, MPH
Health Communication Specialist, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jenny is the lead for childhood immunization communications at NCIRD. In this role, Jenny helps lead efforts to develop research-based messages and materials and to conduct communications activities that raise awareness among parents and healthcare professionals about the importance of vaccinating children according to the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule. Prior to joining NCIRD in 2012, Jenny worked at CDC’s Injury Center, at CDC’s National Center for Health Marketing, and at private sector communications firms. Jenny holds a B.A. in English from Oberlin College, and an M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LaTasha Hinckson Callis, MBA 
Administration Manager, Houston Health Department
LaTasha Callis has more than 10 years of public health experience and provides leadership and direction of immunization activities throughout Houston and Harris County for the Department. Her programs are responsible for community outreach, immunization assessment of schools and child-care facilities, and the education and training of approximately 500 VFC Providers. She also manages Project Milestone-a partnership with 18 City of Houston WIC sites and Health Centers. The project goals are to increase immunization rates among clients through record screening, education, promoting the use of IIS and conducting service linkage to reduce barriers to care. In addition, LaTasha serves as Co-Chair of the Immunization Coalition of Greater Houston (ICOGH). LaTasha has an MBA in Healthcare Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler and a BA in Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Webinar – January 30, 2018 – Communicating about Maternal Immunization

Communicating about Maternal Immunization

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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Pregnant women need vaccines to protect them and their babies against influenza and pertussis.  Speakers will give an update on CDC’s maternal vaccination recommendations and maternal vaccination campaign. The webinar will also discuss strategies that programs can use to reach pregnant women.
Featured Speakers:
  • David Kim, MD, Deputy Associate Director for Adult Immunizations, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Ashley Brooks, MPH, Health Communication Specialist, Health Communication Science Office, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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Webinar – (new date) February 21, 2018 – An Interprofessional Approach to HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevention Education

An Interprofessional Approach to HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevention Education

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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There are approximately 31,500 cancers attributed to HPV each year and that number continues to rise. Oropharyngeal cancer has surpassed cervical cancer as the most common HPV-related cancer. Rates of oropharyngeal cancer have increased more than 225% in the last few decades. More than 70% of oropharyngeal cancers are related to HPV infection. The Massachusetts Oral HPV Prevention Taskforce was created to build connections between medical and dental professionals to increase HPV vaccination rates, decrease HPV-related cancer, and educate both providers and patients on oropharyngeal cancers. Most dental professionals are aware of the role of smoking and alcohol consumption as risk factors for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer; however, dedicated, trained dental professionals may be underutilized assets in the realm of HPV education and oropharyngeal cancer prevention. To this end, the Massachusetts Oral HPV Prevention Taskforce aims to educate and empower the dental community with relevant, medically sound cancer prevention information to educate patients to make well-informed oral health and cancer preventive decisions.
Objectives: 
  • Describe action steps to build a partnership with dental providers on HPV education and the importance of HPV vaccination
  • Identify the relationship between oral HPV infections and head and neck cancers
  • Discuss ways that dental professionals can include HPV education in patient visits, including an overview of helpful resources
  • Determine the effectiveness of an HPV prevention campaign via interprofessional education and consider strategies for sustainability
Featured Speakers: 
  • Rebecca Vanucci, MA – Immunization Outreach Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH – Instructor in Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Associate Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Center
  • Rosie Wagner, DDS – Private Practice in Somerville, MA
  • Lisa Bennet Johnson, RDH, MS, MPH – Research Registered Dental Hygienist, Oral Medicine and Dentistry Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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Webinar for October 2017 – What’s your HPV IQ? A Conversation About Immunization Quality Improvement Tools

What’s your HPV IQ? 

A Conversation About Immunization Quality Improvement Tools

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Dr. Sharon Humiston of the Academic Pediatric Association hosted our most recent webinar discussing the variety of evidence-based tools available on the newly launched HPV IQ website. Guest speakers included the creators of this website: Dr. Noel Brewer, Dr. Melissa Gilkey and Jennifer Heisler-MacKinnon, MPH of the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health. Our speakers discussed the importance of evidence-based tools, how the website and the tools were developed and how they can be used.

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Webinar for August 2017 – Communication Strategies & Recommendations for 2017-18 Flu Season  

This year’s influenza vaccine webinar will provide a review of the 2016-17 Influenza Season and Summary of 2017-18 Influenza Vaccine Recommendations. Speakers from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide important information about what’s new with this year’s flu vaccine recommendations along with updates on the communication plans by the CDC and resources that will help you with your national, state and local influenza vaccination education efforts.

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 Objectives:

  •  Review 2016-2017 influenza season overview and conclusions
  • Evaluate estimates for reductions of burden of disease due to vaccination, 2012-2013 (last H3N2 season with similar VE)
  • Discuss ACIP Influenza Vaccine Recommendations, 2017-2018
  • Review Flu Vaccine Supply for the 2017-2018 Flu Season
  • Discuss proper vaccine administration as a key part of ensuring vaccination is as safe as possible
  • Review Communication Goals and Objectives
  • Discuss Campaign Strategies and Campaign Elements

Speakers:

Alicia Budd, MPH, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Brendan Flannery, PhD,  Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jeanne Santoli, MD, MPH, Vaccine Supply and Assurance Branch, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

JoEllen Wolicki, RN, BSN, Nurse Educator, Communication and Education Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cate Shockey, JD, Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign Lead, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 

 

 

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