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New Hampshire Immunization Program Hosts National Immunization Experts
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Publish Date:
March 25,2015

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Immunization Program (NHIP) held its 2015 statewide conference at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester today with over 400 nurses, health educators, and public health professionals in attendance. A keynote speech was given by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Deputy Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For several years New Hampshire's childhood immunization rates have been ranked among the top in the nation. Each year, NHIP recognizes New Hampshire provider offices that achieve a standard of excellence in immunization. Each provider office relied on a "Best Practice" or a quality improvement strategy to offer excellent care to their patients. DHHS Public Health Director, Dr. José Montero, presented four Excellence in Immunization awards in two categories: (1) Excellence in Vaccines for Children Program and (2) Excellence in Adult Vaccination Initiatives.

"New Hampshire health care providers and community programs are committed to making sure their patients receive the appropriate immunizations to achieve better overall health," said Colleen Haggerty, Acting Section Chief of NHIP. "This group of individuals and organizations developed quality improvement strategies to ensure high standards of efficiency, accountability, and access in managing immunizations across their practices."

The Concord Hospital Medical Group was given the Excellence in Vaccines for Children Program award for their Vaccine Safety Committee’s quality improvement efforts to address vaccine administration and safety. "Concord Hospital Medical Group is honored to receive this recognition," said David Green, MD, Concord Hospital's Chief Medical Officer. "It is a tribute to our staff’s passion to ensure our pediatric patients receive appropriate, evidence-based immunizations in diverse office settings."

Three Manchester Community Health Center locations received Excellence in Adult Immunizations awards for their new Immunization Coordination Team, each of which developed coordinated adult immunization protocols across the Hollis Street, Tarrytown Road, and Child Health Services locations. "Manchester Community Health Center is pleased to receive this award for the organization's commitment to high quality care, treatment and services to ensure adults are immunized," said Diane Trowbridge, MCHC's Chief Operating Officer. "We recognize that immunizations not only help eliminate preventable communicable diseases, but also have a strong impact on overall health."

"This conference has seen incredible growth in attendance over the last 4 years, thanks to our ability to draw national speakers, while keeping a relevant New Hampshire focus for our attendees," said Haggerty. "Our program continues to work hard to communicate the value of immunizations to health across the lifespan."

NHIP's Start the Conversation campaign to increase awareness of adult immunizations recently won several awards from the National Public Health Information Coalition. To learn more, visit the DHHS Immunization Program at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm.

 
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