In this electronic age, it’s so refreshing for people to gather together, face-to-face, to share information. Every year in September and October, the Oregon Partnership to Immunize Children (OPIC) holds two roundtable training meetings at sites outside the Portland metropolitan area. In the spirit of OPIC’s mission, which is to facilitate the collaboration of public and private partners to protect Oregon’s youth against vaccine preventable disease, these annual roundtables encourage sharing resources and information between OPIC members across the state.
OPIC works with partners near the meetings’ locations to identify local needs and interests. This collaborative planning is one of the roundtables’ strengths and ensures that participants benefit from the subject matter.
Public and private health care professionals are invited to attend these no-cost meetings, including medical assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, instructors and students in the health professions, office managers, and staff from schools and correctional facilities. Typically, 150-175 health care professionals from as many as 20 counties participate in the roundtables.
The meetings provide information and updates on a range of immunization-related topics over the course of several sessions throughout the day. Subjects include current ACIP schedules, the new ALERT IIS, school law, achieving clinical competence in immunization practices, and vaccine storage and handling. One of the roundtables greatest benefits is the opportunity to learn from the collective expertise of highly skilled professionals from both the public and private sectors.
These roundtables are a valuable resource for the development of Oregon’s healthcare workforce because they provide needed skills and knowledge free of charge to attendees. At the end of the meeting, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance reflecting 6.25 hours of immunization education. They are also given a take-home packet that contains both fundamental and new science-based immunization facts. For additional information, contact the OPIC Coordinator, Karen R. Elliott, at email@example.com.