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Utah Adult Immunization Coalition

Mission Statement

To improve adult immunization rates in the state of Utah through networking, access, and education.

Objectives

  • Promote influenza vaccination of all adults with special emphasis on those at high risk
  • Promote pneumococcal vaccination of adults at high risk
  • Promote vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pertussis, tetanus, human papillomavirus, chickenpox and zoster for at risk adults 18 years and older

Priority Groups

Adults

  • High-risk groups (adults 50+, those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma)
  • Adults 18 years of age and over
  • Pregnant women
  • International travelers
  • College age students
  • Ethnic minority groups
  • Regional areas with low immunization rates

Providers

  • Medical providers for adult immunizations
  • Colleges statewide
  • Hospitals statewide
  • Pharmacies statewide
  • Health Care Workers statewide
  • Public Health
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Indian Health Clinics

Coalition Meetings

Location

Comagine
756 East Winchester Street, Suite 200
Murray, UT 84107

Chair

Tamara Sheffield, M.D., M.P.A, M.P.H.

 

Coalition meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Projects are proposed, developed, implemented and evaluated through through the general coalition member meetings.

Contact Cindy Wynette at 801-538-6690 for more information regarding membership or current activities of the Utah Adult Immunization Coalition.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee determines the agenda for the general coalition meetings. These duties include; determining presentation subjects and speakers, scheduling ongoing coalition business, and determining the current information or problems to be included on the agenda. The committee goal is to focus the direction of coalition activities: promoting partnerships, networking and consensus among coalition members to achieve goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.

Ad Hoc Committees

Purpose/Current Activities

College Recommendations

Development and revision of college vaccine recommendations

Health Care Workers

Development and revision of health care worker vaccine recommendations

Hospital Patient Policy

Development and revision of vaccination policy for hospital patients

Pneumococcal and Zoster Outreach

Develop strategies to increase awareness of the need to vaccinate and improve access for hard to reach seniors

Provider Outreach and Insurance Coordination

Working with Medicaid to increase vaccine reimbursement rates for adult immunizations; developing approaches to improve vaccine screening among providers who serve adults

Media Coordination

Planning and implementing unified statewide media messages regarding influenza

Zoster Vaccination Project

Utilizing American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funding to promote zoster vaccination and offer a limited quantity of zoster vaccine through a pilot project to uninsured adults 60 years and older