The MNAAP Immunization Taskforce is committed to increasing infant, child and teen immunization rates and decreasing barriers to vaccination. The taskforce is currently chaired by Dawn Martin, MD, FAAP, MPH.
Only three in four Minnesota children are up to date on their immunizations. Not only do immunizations save lives, they save on health care costs with every $1 spent yielding an estimated $10‐$14 in saved expenditure.
Authorized by the MNAAP Board, the MNAAP Immunization Taskforce is comprised of member pediatricians across the state and meets by conference call on the second Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. We always welcome new members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information about joining the taskforce.
The taskforce monitors legislative activities related to immunization and issues an annual public policy statement. The taskforce also supports professional education; it has organized several forums on vaccine hesitancy training and developed an MOC 4 module on immunizations that is compatible with state-based quality improvment montoring authorized by payer contracrts.
We partner closely with the MDH. Dawn Martin, MD, FAAP, MPH represents Minnesota on the Minnesota Immunization Practices Advisory Committtee (MIPAC), which is advisory to MDH. Additionally, MDH Immunization Section staff participate in our monthly conference calls and collaborate with us on a number of immunization initiatives, including promotion of National Infant Immunization Week, exploration of universal vaccine purchase for interested providers, updates to Minnesota Childcare and School Immunization Law, and promotion of cocooning initiatives.
Build your knowledge of resources to help increase low immunization rates among adolescents! MNAAP members can earn 1 free CME unit for watching the video below and satisfactorily completing the post assessment (link below) and evaluation. (This video is available to non-members as well; however, they will be charged a filing fee of $50 if they wish to earn CME credit.) This session was recorded at MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference on Friday, May 1, 2015.
Lisa Randall, Adolescent and Adult Immunization Outreach Coordinator at MDH; Lara Hilliard, MPH, CHES, Health Educator & Communications Specialist Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division, at MDH; Elyse Kharbanda, MD, MPH, HealthPartners; Margie Hogan, MD, FAAP, HCMC; David Aughey, MD, FAAP, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; Tracy Nelson, MD, pediatric resident, moderator
State Measure to Ensure Parents Know About Vaccines Needs Support (3/12/15 Rochester Post Bulletin)
Letter by senior pediatricans (2/13/15 Star Tribune)
Recording (approx 2 hrs) | Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in a Diverse Community (Power Point)
Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project (Power Point) | Agenda and speakers (PDF)
MNAAP has received a grant from AAP to support the efforts of MDH in the implementation of a CDC grant to improve Minnesota HPV rates. Projects include a webinar and other education opportunities as well as the development of an infographic on HPV for use with social media. For more information, email email@example.com
In an effort to increase uptake of HPV and other adolescent vaccines, the Minnesota Department of Health partnered with the University of Minnesota to deliver a webcast available for CME credit through September 30, 2015. Check it out at http://www.cme.umn.edu/online/vaccination/