Immunize Oregon Round Tables
The Immunize Oregon 2014 Round Tables will take place in Seaside, Oregon on March 18th and in Bend, Oregon in late April. This is a free, daylong conference on immunization and health infrastructure, policy and resources. Registration for the Seaside Round Tables is open! Registration for the Bend Round Table will be available shortly. The events will cover the same or similar material, so we only recommend registering for one event.
To get more information, including a draft agenda, please visit www.healthoregon.org/immunizeoregon
To register for the Seaside Round Table, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ImmOrSeasideRT
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National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions
The 11th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions will be held in Seattle, Washington from May 21st – 23rd, 2014.
Early-bird registration discounts end on Friday, February 14th, so be sure to register soon! Hotel reservations are also available.
Please take a look at the program agenda. We hope you will join us for sessions on topics ranging from social media to quality improvement. We’ll welcome keynote speakers Dr. Bill Foege on disease eradication, Dr. Ed Marcuse on immunization, David Williams on health equity, and Sara Rosenbaum on the Affordable Care Act.
If you have any questions about the conference or would like to be involved with conference planning, please contact Sara Jaye Sanford, MPH, at (206) 830-5175.
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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