Quality Health Associates of North Dakota | 2019 Quality Forum @ Four Locations in North Dakota (Held Simultaneously)
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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This year’s Quality Health Associates of North Dakota Annual Quality Forum—The Power of Progress—is an intentional celebration of successes from across the continuum of care throughout North Dakota represented by professionals who are dedicated to improving the health of their community. This year’s Forum has a modified format with rapid-fire sessions to extract key interventions followed by facilitated discussions to leave in action. Make plans to join us at one of the convenient locations for an afternoon of interactive learning, sharing and celebrating!

Click here to download the brochure and here to register.

Join us in one of the four convenient locations (held simultaneously):

University of Mary
Lumen Vitae University Center
7500 University Drive
North Dakota State University
Memorial Union |Badlands Room
1401 Administration Avenue
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine | Classroom
1301 North Columbia Road
Grand Forks
Minot State University
Student Center | Conference Room
500 University Avenue West

To improve health and healthcare for the people of North Dakota by facilitating a forum that combines the synergy of patients, families, stakeholders, healthcare providers, communities, and payers to recognize and replicate the power of progress from the success of others.

There is no registration fee to attend the Quality Forum; however, we would like each staff member from your organization registered individually by May 16, 2019. Click here to register.

This Quality Forum is designed for healthcare and community service professionals including:

  • Health care administrators and practice office managers
  • Quality improvement leaders and staff
  • Medical directors and senior leaders
  • Primary care physicians and physician assistants
  • Nurses and nurse practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Nursing home leadership and frontline staff
  • Home care professionals
  • Community service and public health providers

Continuing Education
CNE—Application has been made to the North Dakota Board of Nursing for contact hours for nurses for this event.
General Attendance—Attendees will be provided Certificates of Attendance upon request.

2019 Quality Forum Agenda

QF Agenda Page 1






Vaccine Hesitancy Impacts Risk of Infectious Disease Epidemic
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Diverse group of people

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Overview and Purpose:

Vaccine hesitancy has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the ten threats to global health in 2019, potentially having broad implications reaching beyond the typical vulnerable populations. Ongoing surges of negative social media messages increase fear of negative health outcomes causing parents/patients to question the need for vaccines. This uncertainty results in decreased immunization rates which leads to unnecessary disease outbreaks. Ongoing education and consistent use of strong recommendations by providers is needed to combat vaccine hesitancy and reduce the growing risk of infectious disease epidemics.


Featured Presenters:

Sally May, RN BSN CH-GCN
Senior Quality Improvement Specialist, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN)

Tim Heath
Immunization Program Coordinator, South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH)


Target Audience:

All healthcare professionals engaged in the administration or education of immunizations for infectious disease.


Upon completion of the WebEx, participants will be able to:

  1. Relate to the personal health threat faced by vulnerable populations due to decreased immunization rates
  2. Describe the impact of vaccine hesitancy on infectious disease outbreaks
  3. Explain the process of unintended spread from the healthy to the vulnerable populations
  4. Replicate and implement a strong vaccine recommendation



Vicki Palmreuter
Program Manager


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