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Immunize Oregon: Improving community immunity

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Immunize Oregon, OIP’s lifespan coalition,  is excited to announce we are restructuring the way we offer our FLU  (Free, Local, Underserved) Clinics. The coalition partners with area clinics, health systems, non-profits, and nursing and pharmacy schools to provide immunization clinics that offer no-cost vaccines to uninsured individuals. We work in conjunction with nursing or pharmacy students as vaccinators if necessary, and with partners who host the clinic and do outreach to people who need vaccines. 

If you are interested in hosting a FLU Clinic during the 2013-2014 season (September-April) please click here or contact Alison.alexander@state.or.us 

 We are also elated to announce a notable expansion of our mini-grants–one of OAIC’s most popular programs.  This year we are able to offer $30,000 of grant funds, with a maximum award of $4,000!  These grants are for organizations looking to improve immunization rates in Oregon.  Last year, OAIC had $48,000 in requests for mini-grants with a budget of only $14,000. This year the coalition hopes to make a greater impact on the health of our communities by expanding this wildly successful program.

Immunization projects that focus on populations across the lifespan will be considered for grants, with special consideration to those that work to raise adult immunization rates (which are the lowest).

If you are interested in applying, please look at our website, www.healthoregon.org/immunizeoregon for the request for proposals and application materials. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine.h.mcguiness@state.or.us

If you are interested in getting involved in Immunize Oregon, have any general questions about the coalition’s work or have an idea for a project, we would love to hear from you! Please email either Alison or Katherine at the addresses listed above.

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Two coalitions unite

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Oregon Immunization Program’s two coalitions— the Oregon Adult Immunization Coalition (OAIC) and the Oregon Partnership to Immunize Children (OPIC) —are merging into one. The new lifespan coalition, yet to be named, will continue to engage partners in meaningful projects to promote immunization in Oregon. Alison Alexander and Katherine McGuiness (coordinators for OAIC and OPIC respectively) will team up to lead the coalition.

“One lifespan coalition will be more efficient,” says Alison. “We won’t be duplicating work and members can be more meaningfully involved.” She believes the coalition will be able to do even more projects geared toward adults like Free, Local and Underserved (FLU) that works with nursing and pharmacy students to provide adult immunizations for those who can’t afford them.

Katherine is looking forward to involving a wide-range of members to the new coalition including people who may not be currently associated with the immunization world, such as representatives from non-profit organizations that work on health issues as well as the community-at-large. “Our new structure will allow people from different walks of life to be involved in different levels,” she says. “We will have subcommittees that people can join, depending on their interest. Anyone is welcome; we’re interested in hearing what coalition members would like to work on.”

The new lifespan coalition will continue with the more popular projects that OAIC and OPIC have sponsored in the past, such as the Round Tables and annual Flu Summit. Alison and Katherine think the entire coalition membership will meet three or four times a year, with a core executive committee meeting every two or three months. The first meeting of the merged coalition is January 29th

For more information, please contact Alison Alexander (971-673-0472 , Alison.ALEXANDER@state.or.us) or Katherine McGuiness (971-673-0285, KATHERINE.H.MCGUINESS@state.or.us).

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Alison and Kelly: two of a kind

Two members of our extended immunization family are changing roles, which often happens in the public health field. But the funny thing is, these two have a relationship that goes way back. Alison Alexander worked for four years as a Vaccines for Children (VFC) health educator for the Oregon Immunization Program. She is now the Oregon Adult Immunization Coalition coordinator. Kelly Martin, who has been with Marion County for 10 years (eight in the immunization program), is now changing jobs within the health department to work on such projects as Healthy Communities.

These two met about a decade ago when Alison was a student at North Salem High School and Kelly was the school’s teen pregnancy prevention program coordinator.  They worked together on a school program, STARS, and have been friends ever since. “I’ve been lucky to work with Alison throughout her time with the VFC program,” says Kelly. “Her calmness and get-things-done attitude has been a blessing to work with in a program that is always changing.”

Alison enjoyed working with Kelly too. “She’s a fun, flexible and understanding person,” she says. “Kelly is a go-getter, willing to take on any challenge and do her absolute best. She’s not afraid to make changes and get things done.”

According to Alison, Kelly “has great questions that stump me and keep me on my toes.” Kelly says, “Alison has always been approachable and never makes you feel like you’re asking too many questions.”

Though the two will no longer work side-by-side in the immunization field, they will still remain good friends and dedicated to public health. Best wishes to Alison and Kelly in their new roles.

 

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