Southwest Immunization Conference

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Southwest Immunization Coalition:

Together! Let's Promote Community Immunity

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
North Huntingdon, PA
The Southwest Immunization Coalition, in collaboration with Penn State College of Medicine is sponsoring a conference to bring immunization partners together to share information, discuss current issues, and recommend strategies to improve immunization rates in Pennsylvania.
Upon completion of the conference, participants should be able to: 
  1. Describe the latest updates on vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccines 
  2. Identify ways to promote community immunity
  3. Identify and address various gaps in age appropriate vaccinations
  4. Address patient and parent questions/concerns about vaccine safety and guidelines
The conference is targeted towards private and public health care professionals from throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. This would include:

Pediatricians                 Family Physicians                        Health Educators       

Nurses                          Medical Students                         Practice Managers

Residents                     Physician Assistants                     Nurse Practitioners    

Nursing Students          Medical Assistants                       Immunization Coalition Members

Pharmacists                  Epidemiologists                           Public Health Educators

Public Health Staff        School Nurses                             Health Care Professionals Working with Immunizations 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Penn State College of Medicine and the Southwest Immunization Coalition (SWIC).  Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Penn State College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.


Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their completion of this approved continuing medical education activity.  Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.  The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years.  Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing at

Act 48 credit will be provided by PA Department of Health/Division of School Health.  Professional educators are encouraged to confirm that this program fits their school district's professional development plan for Act 48.  Earn 4.75 hours toward fulfilling Act 48 requirements by attending this entire program.

Penn State has approved this program for 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Application is being made for pharmacy credit.



Southwest Immunization Conference Agenda

Agenda subject to change

April 23, 2014: Southwest Immunization Conference


8:00-9:00 AM

Registration and Exhibits:  a light breakfast will be provided

9:00 AM

Jennifer Miele/SWIC committee


Adolescent Vaccines:  Highlights and Hesitancy
Kristen A. Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHPR, FAAP
Physician-scientist, Vaccine Education Center
       Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
       Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Morning Break/Exhibits


Pertussis – Tough Disease – Tough Choices
       Virginia M Dato MD, MPH, FACPM
Pennsylvania Department of Health
       Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Pharmacy Based Immunization Services
Stephanie Harriman McGrath, PharmD
       Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
       Clinical Pharmacist, Rite Aid Pharmacy


Award Ceremony


Lunch/Exhibits: Lunch will be provided


Registry update
Kathy Till, BS, RHIA
   PA SIIS (Statewide Immunization Information System)
   Department of Health

1:30 pm

Universal Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Workers
Joanne Sullivan, RN
       Executive Director
       Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition


CDC Immunization Update
       CAPT Raymond A. Strikas, MD, MPH, FACP
U.S. Public Health Service
       Education, Information, and Partnership Branch
       Immunization Services Division
       National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
       Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2:45 pm

Community Immunity Activity
Jennifer Miele
       Vice President, Marketing and Communications
       Excela Health

3:00 pm

M.A.R.T.I.N. Foundation:  Her Son's Story
Diane McGowan
       President, M.A.R.T.I.N. Flu Foundation

3:30 pm



The fee of $65.00 per person includes instruction, handouts, break refreshments, and lunch.  Payment may be made by check or credit card. Checks are payable to Penn State
Support of the Southwest Immunization Conference enables your organization to showcase its products and services to a broad health care audience and will benefit your organization as well as the health professionals in attendance.  For complete information please contact Ms. Mary Noël Stenberg, 717-531-6856.
Registration is available on the web beginning February 14, 2014.
Click here to register

Stratigos Banquet Center
131 Colonial Manor Rd
N. Huntingdon, PA 15642
Phone: (727) 836-6060



Accommodations are the responsibility of the program participant.

Shawn Baer, RN
Immunization Nurse Consultant
Southwest District
Pennsylvania Department of Health
233 West Otterman Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: 724-830-2701| Fax: 724-832-5327
Marcie Banze, RN
Seton Hill Child Services
226 South Maple Avenue, Suite 221
724-836-0099 ext 221
Department of Continuing Education, G220
Penn State College of Medicine
P.O. Box 851
Hershey, PA 17033-0851
Phone: 717-531-6483
Fax: 717-531-5604