St. Luke’s is a proud supporter of the Idaho Immunization Coalition. In fiscal year 2016 St. Luke’s awarded a $5,000 Community Health Improvement Fund (CHIF) grant in sponsorship of the 2016 Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases Training and Immunization Summit. The summit will be held in Boise November 2-4, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.idahoimmune.org/.
In addition, the Idaho Health and Wellness Collaborative for Children (IHAWCC) has recently joined St. Luke’s in a shared commitment to provide quality care throughout the state and beyond. The IHAWCC’s goal is to continue to uphold St. Luke’s mission and vision through its experience in quality improvement research and measurement.
Currently, the IHAWCC is focused on improving adolescent immunization rates across Idaho through its learning collaborative model of improvement. To date, 16 practices, 58 providers, and more than 80 clinic staff have committed to improving their vaccination rates and knowledge of immunizations. The IHAWCC team will provide support, resources, and act as a catalyst for the practices as they work to exceed standards of care.
Additionally, the IHAWCC team will collect data on these three core measures over the next six months:
St. Luke’s is pleased to help promote a national and worldwide focus on immunization during the month of April.
National Infant Immunization Week, observed April 16-23, is recognized every year to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children ages two years and younger. Since 1994, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, healthcare professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements.
Facts about infant immunization, provided by the CDC:
World Immunization Week, observed April 24-30, aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions world-wide.
Recent progress, according to the World Health Organization:
To learn more, visit the Idaho Health and Wellness Collaborative for Children www.IHAWCC.org, the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html and World Health Organization http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/en//.
Holly Miller formerly worked in the Communications and Marketing department at St. Luke's.