Improving Immunization Rates

National Immunization Awareness Month 2017

Great Plains QIN is actively working with providers, patients, partners and stakeholders to implement best practices to increase immunization rates for influenza, pneumococcal disease and herpes zoster.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immunization rates among adults in the United States are much lower than national targets. Several interventions, however, have proven successful. For example, recommendations from healthcare professionals have repeatedly shown to increase immunization rates. System-level changes that include routine vaccine assessment, recommendations and administration also lead to improvement.

Goal: By 2019, we envision an absolute rate of 90% for adult immunization status assessment, appropriate immunization or referral and documentation of Medicare beneficiary immunization status via electronic methods. This goal will be achieved by educating and assisting Home Health Agencies (HHAs); practitioner-owned and/or -operated offices/clinics and other healthcare facilities to implement the adult immunization recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and National Vaccine Advisory Committee standards for adult immunization practice.

Get Involved

We offer a wealth of free evidence-based resources to promote influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccination best practices, guidelines and tools to break down barriers to care for disparate populations.  We have also convened a Learning and Action Network (LAN) to give providers, community organizations and patients the opportunity to share and learn. Ultimately, we intend to improve access to and quality of care through our efforts. Together, we play an important role in helping to educate patients about immunization recommendations. Join our Learning and Action Network today.

State Immunization Information Systems for the Great Plains QIN Region

Kansas Immunization Program
Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS)
North Dakota Immunization Information System
South Dakota Immunization Program

ILINET State Influenza Like Illness Map

ILINet State Activity Indicator Map

Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Activity Level Indicator Determined by Data Reported to ILINet

Immunization Schedules.

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News

News

11Sep

ACIP Influenza Recommendations Released

The 2017-2018 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines has been released. This report updates the 2016–17 recommendations of the…read more →

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Training Events
Nov 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Social media is everywhere and it is constantly evolving. So how does healthcare fit into all of this? Social media has found its place in healthcare thanks to the important role it plays[...]
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now The Triple Aim of healthcare improvement historically has not addressed the providers critical role in transforming healthcare. Therefore, there is a new call to emphasize the original three goals plus adding the goal[...]
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback   Presentation handout Administering vaccinations correctly is a vital part of the health care professionals role. This WebEx will focus on how to give injections safely, while focusing on the process of[...]
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm WebEx
This FluFIT/iFOBT three-part series is presented to you by a partnership of the American Cancer Society, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Health Board, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Community Healthcare Association of the[...]
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
This FluFIT/iFOBT three-part series is presented to you by a partnership of the American Cancer Society, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Health Board, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Community Healthcare Association of the[...]
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
  Register Now This FluFIT/iFOBT three-part series is presented to you by a partnership of the American Cancer Society, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Health Board, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Community Healthcare[...]
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback During this WebEx, certified content expert, Andrew J. Gess, Director, Public Sector & CDC Sales with Pfizer Vaccines, discussed the importance of immunizations and how they fit within the Patient Centered Medical[...]
Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout Value-based purchasing programs and their impact on home health agencies will be reviewed. Other topics will include interpreting CASPER data, the importance of accurate documentation of immunizations and steps to[...]
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Presentation handout   Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS) Join this event to learn more about the NESIIS system, which will include a short demo of functionality and identify the statutory authority,[...]
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  Start WebEx Playback Handout – Communicating with the Vaccine Hesitant Client Many healthcare providers and communities are dealing with groups and growing numbers of individuals who are delaying or refusing recommended vaccinations. This has[...]
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Start WebEx Playback Vaccinations in North Dakota Nursing Homes Handout The North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS) is a confidential, population-based, computerized information system that attempts to collect vaccination data for all North Dakotans. Registered[...]
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Webinar
Start WebEx Playback Join us in a highly interactive virtual learning event. Participants will hear from Barbara Lewis, an experienced passionate speaker on exceeding patient and family member expectations, and Managing Editor of DocCom. She[...]
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation Handout Start WebEx Playback Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can improve population health outcomes by efficiently collecting data in a form that can be shared across multiple healthcare organizations and leveraged for quality improvement and[...]
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes an adult immunization schedule that outlines recommended routine immunizations for adults in the United States. Despite these recommendations, immunization coverage rates for[...]
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am WebEx
  Start WebEx Playback   Vaccination Quality Measures Handouts Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule -2016 LTCF Annual Influenza Checklist Vaccination Quality Measure Checklist Vaccination Log Vaccination Quality Measure Checklist – Fillable Form Overview Some quality measures[...]
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback   The ability to develop, test and implement change is essential for any individual, group or organization that wants to improve.  One way to implement change is to utilize the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)[...]
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am WebEx
Start WebEx Playback   Presentation handout Overview Vaccination rates for children have steadily risen well over 90 percent the past few years, but the rates for older adults getting flu, pneumonia, tetanus or shingles shots[...]
Aug 1 all-day
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (#NIAM14). The purpose of this observance is to highlight the importance of immunizations, one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th Century, according to the Centers[...]

Fact Sheets

External Resources
The Importance of Adult Immunizations - Protectcme.org
CDC Adult Immunization Schedule - 2017

Posters/Infographics

 External Resources

Flu and You - Immunizations and Diabetes Fact Sheet/Infographic

Toolkits

External Resources

Meet the Experts

Stephan Schroeder

Stephan Schroeder, MD

Immunization Task Practitioner
South Dakota
605-336-3505
Email Dr. Schroeder

Nikki Medalen

Nikki Medalen, MS, BSN, APHN-BC

Quality Improvement Specialist
North Dakota
1-701-537-5548
Email Nikki

Amanda Bridges

Tammy McNeil, RHIA, CHPIT, CPEHR

Quality Improvement Advisor
Nebraska
402-476-1399
Email Tammy

Katy Burket

Katy Burket, RN

Program Manager
South Dakota
1-605-336-305
Email Katy

Megan Skaggs

Megan Skaggs, MLM

Quality Improvement Project Manager
Kansas
1-785-273-2552
Email Megan

Amanda Bridges

Amanda Bridges, MBA

Quality Improvement Project Manager
Kansas
785-271-4149
Email Amanda

Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.

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