Immunization Action Coalition

aka IAC   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  www.immunize.org

Mission

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. IAC facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies. Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals at every level of the immunization community, including both the public and private sectors, rely on IAC’s projects in their daily work to increase immunization rates across the age span.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Dr. Deborah L. Wexler

Main address

2550 University Avenue West Suite 415 North

Saint Paul, MN 55114 USA

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EIN

41-1768237

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Immunizations for 17 vaccine-preventable diseases are currently available and recommended to be administrated across the lifespan. Vaccine-preventable diseases remain a threat to the population. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 42,000 adults and 300 children in the United States die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Vaccines are among the most cost-effective clinical prevention services but immunization is complicated by: ongoing updates to vaccine recommendations, changes in products and schedules, storage and handling requirements, administration details, communication with patients, and education of staff. Healthcare professionals, their patients, and policy makers are time-strapped and need concise, accurate resources that provide answers about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education

IAC creates publications and educational materials for healthcare professional staff, their patients, and the public. All of these publications and materials are available online and copyright-free.

Our two major websites, immunize.org and vaccineinformation.org, serve an average of 30,000 visits per day. Our weekly email newsletter "IAC Express" is sent to more than 50,000 opt-in subscribers every Wednesday.

IAC is the most relied upon source of free CDC-reviewed immunization materials for healthcare professionals, their patients, and the public. During fiscal year 2017, 4.4 million copies of IAC’s 200 English language educational pieces and 100 translation versions were downloaded from IAC’s Handouts web section.

For more than a decade, IAC has maintained an online library of the federally mandated Vaccine Information Statements (VISs). As the CDC supported official clearinghouse for VIS translations, IAC provides translations in a minimum of nine languages.

IAC created and manages the National Network of Immunization Coalitions with its website at www.immunizationcoalitions.org. The Network enables the nation's local, state, regional, and national immunization coalitions to collaborate and share resources.

In December 2017, we released "Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide," our comprehensive one-stop compendium of practical information in an easy-to-use format aimed at helping healthcare settings implement or enhance adult immunization services.

Population(s) Served

IAC is broadly and deeply connected to every level of the United States immunization community. We serve as an independent "communications hub” through our publications, websites, email news services, conference organizing and participation, contributions to policy making, and direct contact with every vaccine-involved federal agency, state health department, professional medical association, and vaccine manufacturer. Virtually all of America’s professional medical societies partner with IAC as members of our Advisory Board. A list of these societies is available online at www.immunize.org/aboutus/advisoryboard.asp.

The National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) is a major IAC partnership with CDC and the National Vaccine Program Office. More than 140 organizations represented by over 800 individuals participate.
Since 2003, IAC has been a leading member of NAIIS, continuing to serve as the NAIIS fiscal agent and managing its website at www.izsummitpartners.org. The four NAIIS work groups take specific actions that lead to improvements in vaccine uptake. IAC Chief Strategy Officer Dr. L.J Tan leads this project.

IAC founded the National Network for Immunization Coalitions in 2012. IAC manages the group’s communications and deliberations, including an email listserv, newsletters, website, and also conducts teleconference calls of the coalition directors. IAC also arranges speakers for bimonthly conference calls and webinars. Currently, the network comprises nearly 600 immunization advocates, including representatives from almost 200 coalitions. IAC has served on the planning committee for the biennial National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships (formerly the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions) since the conference began in 1998.

IAC is widely involved in state and national vaccine policy making including serving on many Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Working Groups, serving as a voting member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) , membership in the 317 Coalition Steering Committee and the Immunization Alliance, an American Academy of Pediatrics initiative formed to address parental hesitancy about immunizing children, among many others.

We have partnered with Pfizer, Inc. to create our "Take a Stand" project aimed at improving adult immunization coverage rates by increasing the use of standing orders protocols in medical practices throughout the nation.

A partnership with Sanofi Pasteur seeks to improve immunization coverage for the recommended second dose of meningococcal ACWY (MCV4) vaccine at 16 years of age.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Education
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) mission is to help increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.
Partnering for Immunization
In addition, IAC recognizes that it is important to foster partnerships in order to have greater impact within our mission. We work together with a wide variety of people and organizations in order to help develop answers and address issues related to immunization, including state and national vaccine policies.

Education
IAC's websites, handouts, and publications provide easily accessible and accurate resources with quick answers about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. IAC specializes in providing concise, up-to-date, practical, scientifically-proven information for immunization providers in all settings. Handouts and materials are created for use by healthcare professionals, parents, and people of all ages, and are based on Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations with technical accuracy confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.
Partnering for Immunization
IAC supports development of projects and programs which support vaccination services for private practices, health systems and networks, local and state public health departments, coalitions, pharmacies, hospitals, occupational health, educational institutions, professional medical associations and societies, and numerous other organizations involved in providing immunization services. We participate in hundreds of webinars, conference calls, and conferences each year, advocating for immunization. Many of our staff members are nationally recognized immunization experts and speakers, and have written articles or reviews for major medical publications. IAC is regularly contacted by the media to provide authoritative information on immunization topics.

IAC has a talented and dedicated staff of more than 20 individuals, including our founder and Executive Director, Deborah Wexler, MD, many of whom are highly recognized experts in the field of immunization, including:
Teresa A. Anderson, DDS, MPH
William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH
Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH, FAAP
Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, NDP, PNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP
Sarah Landry, MA
Diane Peterson
Lynn Pollock, RN, MSN
Beth Rowe-West, BSN
Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Patricia Vranesich, RN, BSN
Laurel Wood, MPA

Our organization is fiscally responsible, spending approximately 90% of its funds on our programs.

Education
IAC has established itself as the nation's premier source of child, teen, and adult immunization information for healthcare professionals and their patients. We will continue to keep up to date the wide range of educational materials on our websites and to broadcast our weekly email news service, "IAC Express."
A comprehensive variety of immunization education resources is needed for patients, parents, all levels of healthcare professionals and administration. It is important to be able to provide answers to questions not only for patients, but also for healthcare personnel new to immunization, and to help more experienced staff stay up-to-date, knowledgeable, and confident, which in turn supports immunization programs.
Partnering for Immunization
IAC has established relationships with organizations at every level of the nation's immunization community. We will continue to participate actively in national, state, local, and international efforts with stakeholders such as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 317 Coalition, National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS), National Network for Immunization Coalitions, Association for Immunization Managers, Immunization Alliance, International Vaccine Stability Working Group, European Scientific Working Group of the EU Influenza Summit, Asian Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza, Voices for Vaccines, state and local health departments, networks, and manufacturers.
Through our collaborations, we will continue to carry out special projects like the ones that produced our standing orders workshops, the Give2MCV4.org website, and the "Vaccinating Adults: Step-by-Step Guide." We will also continue to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and the National Vaccine Program Office to manage NAIIS.

Financials

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Immunization Action Coalition

Board of directors
as of 12/13/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Deborah Wexler

Immunization Action Coalition

Stephanie Jakim

Olmstead Medical Center

Debra Strodthoff

Amery Regional Medical Center

Sheila Specker

University of Minnesota

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No