The 11th Annual ACIC Conference was jointly sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Center for Continuing Education in Health Sciences, and the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition.
This year’s conference featured welcoming remarks by Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director of the Allegheny County Health Department; and a keynote presentation entitled “Preventing the Spread of Diseases Across Borders” by Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biomedical Informatics at Pitt’s GSPH.
Also included was an Immunization Update and “Ask the Expert Q&A” with Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH, Medical Officer with the CDC; and an information-sharing session on “HPV! Why Should You Care” with Lyn Robertson, DrPH,
MSN, RN, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director, Health Equity, Education and Advocacy with the University of Pittsburgh’s Cancer Institute and Winfred Frazier, MD, HRSA-T-32 Postdoctoral Scholar and Univ. of Pittsburgh Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellow at UPMC St. Margaret.
The AAP Childhood Immunization Program has developed an Immunization Social Media Toolkit. This toolkit helps pediatric offices build support for immunizations in their own practices and answer common questions outside of the visit while using their role as trusted professionals to inform families about vaccines. The toolkit offers guidance for choosing a social media platform and setting up and managing an account. Pre-written tweets and posts with resources are also available for practices to copy and paste to make social media simpler.
Fellow coalition member, Dr. Khlood Salman, has been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship. Khlood is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing. She has been a member of ACIC since our inception.
With the support of the United States government and through binational partnerships with foreign governments, the Fulbright Scholarship Program sponsors U.S. and foreign participants for
exchanges in all areas of endeavor, including the sciences, business, academe, public service, government, and the arts and continues to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics University of Pittsburgh
Pediatrician STO-ROX Family Health Center
The Allegheny County Immunization Coalition (ACIC) appreciates volunteers like Dr. Zavaras who believe in the importance of vaccinations.
Supporting our organization for 10 years has not gone unnoticed and we applaud the work you do every day to vaccinate your patients and educate their families. The poem below says it best!
Valuable is the work you do Outstanding in how you always come through Loyal, sincere, and full of good cheer Untiring in your efforts throughout the year Notable are the contributions you make Trustworthy in every project you take Eager to reach your every goal Effective in the way you fulfill your role Ready with a smile like a shining star Special and wonderful — that’s what you are!
— Author unknown
Below is what Dr. Zavaras had to say when asked to describe her role or interest in promoting immunizations at work, home, or in the community.
An important goal of the STO-ROX Pediatric Department is preventive medicine. We promote immunizations to protect our patients from serious diseases. We try not to miss any opportunities to immunize our infants, young children, and adolescents. Our nurses and I educate the families in our office about the importance of immunizations and provide parents with the addresses of reliable web sites for more information if needed. Additionally, I enjoy being a member of the ACIC, who has promoted immunizations in our community for ten years now!
Thank you Dr. Zavaras!
“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”
— E. M. Forster