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November 14, 2018

2018 Immunization Champions

The Immunization Champion Award is an annual award given by  the Idaho Immunization Program to recognize individuals or teams that go above and beyond to promote childhood immunizations in their communities.  The Immunization Champions are an inspiration to everyone who cares about children's health. The Idaho Immunization Program is pleased to recognize the recipients of the award for the special contributions they have made through their work in childhood immunization.

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The immunization rates at Adams County Health Center (ACHC) were previously one of the lowest in the state. In 2016, Beth Bauer joined the ACHC Nurse Practitioner team and was determined to improve these numbers. She has spent numerous hours correcting documentation errors and recently attended Shot Smarts in Boise. She has also held in-house trainings for medical staff while hosting immunization clinics at local schools and senior centers. She has worked passionately to educate parents and patients on each vaccine in order to prevent disease.

From 2016 to 2017, ACHC administered 317 doses of vaccine and immunized 118 patients. These numbers increased the following year: 413 doses were administered and 157 patients were immunized from 2017 to 2018. That shows an increase of 96 doses and includes a 24 percent increase in the number of patients vaccinated since last year. This also reflects a 25 percent increase in the number of doses of vaccine given. For a rural community with a population of less than 1,000, this is significant growth that continues to improve because of Beth's hard work.

As the Director of Nursing for Family Health Services (FHS), Yolanda oversees offices in Kimberly, Burley, Rupert, Fairfield, Jerome, Buhl and two offices in Twin Falls. She has a rare passion and a drive that motivates everyone. She encourages nurses and staff at the clinic to push themselves to provide the best care and to be advocates for patients.

Yolanda runs immunization recalls for all clinics, regularly reviews immunization rates and comes up with new ways to make sure that patient care is a priority. She volunteers in the community and comes out to clinics when help is needed. She is an educator to providers, and her passion goes beyond the patients. Even through times of being short-staffed, she has always done her best to ensure that immunizations are readily available to the public. She is an inspiration when it comes to providing the best care for the communities served by Family Health Services.

Providers from all over southern Idaho know Lisa to be the expert on vaccines – from indications and contraindications, to schedules, storage and protocols. She demonstrates this to such an extent that a number of providers even have her personal cell number.

After being trained by Lisa on vaccine administration, nurses who work with the health department say they will not take their own children anywhere else to get immunizations, as they deem Lisa's administration methods to be far more effective than those at any other organization. For example, she provides prizes and drawings for kids who come back to get the next dose of a vaccine series. Lisa also provides a variety of immunization trainings to healthcare providers, daycares and school nurses, and she actively contacts schools throughout the health district to set up school and flu shot immunization clinics for kindergarteners completing registration. This has made access easier and simpler for parents.

For uninsured adults, Lisa makes calls all over the area to find reduced-cost vaccines. She spends hours studying literature on new vaccines to review effectiveness and safety, and she has dedicated much of her free time to serving on immunization boards. Lisa is even beginning a campaign push to ensure teens in southern Idaho receive the full series of the HPV vaccine.

Angela’s staff refer to her as the go-to person for all immunization questions and issues at Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Residency. She helps educate medical assistants and resident physicians on recommended routine and catch-up immunization schedules. She assures there is appropriate vaccine stock in a proactive manner, so that staff can provide immunizations at the time of service and not miss out on valuable opportunities to keep patients up-to-date. She owns this responsibility and wants all staff to succeed. 

Angela is invested in the role of vaccine coordinator and the safety of Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Residency’s patients. When the clinic was having issues with temperature control for a short period of time, Angela came in on her days off to check refrigerator temperatures. She has been a major player in developing and initiating protocols for managing accurate records and educating all staff.

Dr. Packer is a strong advocate for his pediatric patients. He is passionate about making sure families know about the importance of vaccines. He is a great leader and sets a good example to his staff by also being a dedicated vaccination advocate. He prides himself on knowing the up-to-date information on the recommendations for immunizations.

Dr. Packer has a long-standing relationship in the community. He has a high patient base, and they trust and value his opinion and recommendations. He also has a high percentage rate of patients who are fully vaccinated. Dr. Packer ensures that immunization records are being reviewed during each appointment to make sure his patients are up-to-date on their immunizations.

Shery is a medical assistant at St. Luke’s Family Medicine of Hailey who offered to take on the enormous task of overseeing immunization inventory and ordering vaccine for a clinic of 14 providers. This also includes working with close to 20 additional nurses and medical assistants that currently serve as support staff. She has worked tirelessly to fix documentation mistakes that have caused inventory count errors in the past. She has spearheaded immunization clinics to get kids caught up on HPV and DTaP. Staff often go to her with questions, as she is considered the immunization expert in the Hailey office. She has become a passionate advocate for vaccinating all children and for increasing immunization rates in our valley and in our state.

Shery has provided education to nursing staff at meetings and does her best to encourage staff to be passionate about protecting children. She has also done an amazing job cleaning up inventory counts so that staff can continue to provide immunizations to all the children they serve, regardless of their ability to pay. Shery is a well-known immunization champion at St. Luke’s Family Medicine in Hailey, Idaho.

Dr. Southwick is passionate about teaching his patients about the importance of being vaccinated. While he is a busy practitioner, he is still eager to educate his staff and patients on vaccinations and recommendations. Several parents have come into his office refusing to have their child vaccinated, but Dr. Southwick was able to ease their minds and educate them on vaccine safety. His compassion and understanding when it comes to vaccine hesitancy are examples of how he puts his patients first. He focuses on providing them with vaccine statistics and does his best to ease their worries and fears. As a result, Dr. Southwick has a very high percentage rate of fully vaccinated patients.

Karianne is the senior nurse at the Sandpoint Panhandle Health office. She demonstrates leadership by training other nurses on immunization practices and visits local high schools to talk about the importance of vaccinations. She is always looking for innovative ways to improve immunization rates and promote vaccinations in the Sandpoint area. She has collaborated with two local dental providers, who see teenagers and young adults, to help provide information to their staff on screening for HPV caused oral and oropharyngeal cancers. This past year Karianne also worked closely with a Nurse Practitioner student who created an HPV project for Panhandle Health as part of her graduate project. During this process, Karianne obtained multiple data points from IRIS and the state for the project. She also helped create and implement several strategies we now use in clinical practice to improve immunization rates. For example, Sandpoint Panhandle Health now screens for HPV status on all family planning age-eligible clients. Karianne is an advocate for vaccination and actively seeks out ways she can make a difference with immunization efforts. Through her hard work and determination, Karianne and the Sandpoint office gave more HPV doses than any Panhandle Health office last year. 

2018 Immunization Rate Awards

The Idaho Immunization Program has standardized its rate achievement award criteria, as well as rate improvement award criteria.  For calendar year 2017, rate awards were given to providers who meet or exceeded the Healthy People 2020 immunization goals for the 4th dose of DTaP (90%), the 2nd dose of Hep A (85%), and the Primary Series (4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR ,3 HIB, 3 Hep B, 1 VAR, 4 PCV) (80%).

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Organization Percent Number of Patients
UNITY HEALTH CENTER
100 6
EASTERN IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DUBOIS
100 5
MATT JOYCE MD 93 102
ADA PEDIATRICS
87 301
EAGLE PEDIATRICS
87 91
SAMG BOISE PEDIATRICS
85 1005
EMERGENCY RESPONDERS HEALTH CENTER
85 13
MERIDIAN PEDIATRICS
84 579
WENDELL L WELLS MD
84 19
EMMETT FAMILY MEDICINE AND DIRECT PRIMARY CARE
83 12
MICRON FAMILY HEALTH CENTER
83 6
TRIPP FAMILY MEDICINE
83 6
ST. LUKE'S FAMILY MEDICINE, DR. WATERS
82 11
MOUNTAIN VIEW FAMILY MEDICINE POCATELLO
82 131
NORTHWEST FAMILY MEDICINE
80 5
PRIMARY HEALTH MEDICAL GROUP CALDWELL
80 10
M COLE JOHNSON INC
80 172
IDAHO FALLS PEDIATRICS
80 1266
Organization Percent Number of Patients
THE NEIGHBORHOOD CLINIC 88 8

Organization Percent Number of Patients
WVMC RURAL CLINICS WILDER 100 12
MICRON FAMILY HEALTH CENTER 100 6
UNITY HEALTH CENTER 100 6
TRIPP FAMILY MEDICINE 100 6
SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH POWER COUNTY 100 5
EASTERN IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DUBOIS 100 5
MATT JOYCE MD 96 102
EMERGENCY RESPONDERS HEALTH CENTER 92 13
TREASURE VALLEY FAMILY MEDICINE 92 13
EAGLE PEDIATRICS 91 91
ST. LUKE'S SYRINGA FAMILY MEDICINE 91 22
ST. LUKE'S TRAVEL MEDICINE AND IMMUNIZATIONS 91 11
PRIMARY HEALTH MEDICAL GROUP EAGLE 91 22
ST. LUKE'S FAMILY MEDICINE DR. WATERS 91 11
FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES JEROME 91 58
HAYDEN LAKE FAMILY PHYSICIANS 90 10
SAMG BOISE PEDIATRICS 90 1005
   
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