Time to register for the VICNetwork Webinar on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – 11am PT / 2pm ET

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Are You Ready for Flu? 

CDC’s Recommendations and Communication Plans for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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

Our August webinar will provide an overview of the 2014-15 influenza season and information about this year’s flu vaccine communication campaign plan for the general public along with new materials that will assist with reaching Hispanic, African American and American Indian/Alaska Native populations.


By attending this webinar, participants will gain increased knowledge of

  • Influenza vaccination recommendations, formulations and supply 2014-2015 flu season;
  • Key communication considerations and planned strategies for the 2014-2015 flu season;
  • Grassroots approaches for effectively reaching disparate population with flu vaccination messages.

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Joseph Bresee, M.D., FAAP, is chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in CDC’s Influenza Division, and is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. His branch is responsible for conducting influenza surveillance, working to understand influenza disease burden, helping to derive appropriate vaccine and antiviral use policies to prevent seasonal influenza, detecting and preventing avian influenza and pandemic influenza, and providing technical expertise to global public health partners.

Dr. Bresee trained at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and then completed his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Bresee joined CDC in 1993 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer in the Influenza Branch. From 1995 to 2005, Dr. Bresee first served as a staff epidemiologist and medical officer, specializing in viral gastrointestinal infections and respiratory infections. Subsequently, he was promoted to Epidemiology Team Lead. His research and public health activities focused on rotavirus disease and rotavirus vaccines, and he worked to ensure that rotavirus vaccines were available for children in both the U.S. as well as those living in developing countries.

Dr. Bresee continues to work as a general pediatrician on staff at Grady Healthcare. He attends a weekly clinic that serves an underserved population in Atlanta. Dr. Bresee has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and textbook chapters

Cindy Fowler is health communication specialist in the Health Communication Science Office for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia.  She has served the CDC for the past 11 years in numerous capacities, focusing most of her efforts in managing and supporting national campaign work, including influenza and childhood vaccines. She supports emergency preparedness and response activities, such as the 2013 H7N9 influenza outbreak response and served on CDC’s 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Task Force Communication Team.

Carlos Velázquez, MA  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 is currently overseeing 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 to broaden the campaign message reach through social media platforms.

Mark your calendar and join us in August.

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National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media – August 19-21, 2014 – Atlanta, GA

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 Eighth Annual National Conference on Health Communication,

Marketing, and Media

August 19 – 21, 2014

Hyatt Regency
Atlanta, GA

Sponsored by:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and

The National Public Health Information Coalition

See what you missed at the 2013 Conference, click here.


This conference brings together individuals representing academia, public health researchers and practitioners from federal and state government and the private sector, and provides a forum for collegial dialogue within and across these disciplines. The conference is an excellent opportunity to learn, share knowledge, meet with colleagues and shape the future of health communication, marketing, and media practice.


We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta in August!

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National Immunization Conference (NIC) will be held September 29-30, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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National Immunization Conference (NIC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the National Immunization Conference (NIC) will be held September 29-30, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mark your calendars now–this exciting meeting will bring together local, state, federal and private-sector immunization partners to look at a wide range of issues related to immunization and vaccine-preventable disease.  The NIC offers the opportunity to meet immunization experts and practitioners from throughout the nation and beyond, and to talk with them about what they are doing, what is working, and what may be in the planning stages.

The conference this year will be smaller in scale than previous NIC meetings, with conference attendance limited to approximately 800 people, so early registration is strongly encouraged.  The two-day conference will highlight communications with partners and the general public, issues related to the immunization of adults, current status of vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States, global immunization, HPV vaccine communication, science and safety, advances in information technology, improving vaccine management and accountability, and quality improvement in vaccine programs.  This is a great opportunity to spread the word about what we are doing in California!

For more on the 2014 NIC


For registration and lodging information

Draft conference agenda

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Nevada Health Conference, set for Oct. 20-22 in Reno, Nevada

Planning for the 2014 Nevada Health Conference, set for Oct. 20-22 in Reno, Nevada, is well underway and we are seeking dynamic speakers to make this year’s conference shine. This year’s integrative conference will highlight the importance of addressing health disparities, barriers and challenges that continue to exist across the lifespan through the “Keeping Our Children, Families and Communities Healthy” theme.

Questions: contact Immunize Nevada at 775-624-7115or

email: [email protected].

For additional information about the 2014 Nevada Health Conference, visit us online.

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