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06/21/2017 - 06/22/2017 : Immunization Network  


In Partnership with the KidStrong Conference

June 21 and 22, 2018

Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV

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The Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit is an action-oriented event targeted toward public and private sector organizations with an interest in addressing and resolving immunization issues in West Virginia. Various sessions at the Summit will be targeted toward healthcare and public health professionals, educators, students, business leaders, consumers, and others interested in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in West Virginia.  

Featured Speakers:

Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver

Amanda Dempsey is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and a practicing General Pediatrician. She has studied pediatric immunization delivery for the last 15 years, with a focus on adolescent vaccination, HPV vaccination and vaccine hesitancy.  She has been involved in several large, pragmatic, randomized, controlled trials related to improving HPV vaccination in the primary care setting and is a practicing general pediatrician. She serves as a standing member of the American Cancer Society’s HPV Vaccination Roundtable Provider Intervention workgroup and serves on the board of the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition.

Presentation Topic: Dr. Dempsey will speak about evidence-based communication strategies for improving child and adolescent vaccine uptake, including the use of motivational interviewing to overcome vaccine-hesitancy. 


Tamika Felder, Cervical Cancer Survivor

Ms. Felder is a 16-year cervical cancer survivor or as she says, "Cervivor". She is the Chief Visionary at Cervivor - a nonprofit dedicated to cervical cancer advocacy and support. Newsweek Magazine named her a "Cancer Rebel". Tamika is the author of Seriously, What Are You Waiting For? 13 Actions To Ignite Your Life & Achieve The Ultimate Comeback. She was featured in Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic and is currently working on a documentary film about cervical cancer, the women living with it and the vaccine to prevent it.  

Presentation Topic: Ms. Felder will speak about her experiences with cervical cancer and the importance of improving HPV vaccination rates in order to prevent it and other HPV-associated cancers. 


JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Immunization Services Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ms. Wolicki travels throughout the United States to educate healthcare providers on immunization. Before joining CDC in 2010, she served for 14 years as a Nurse consultant with the Michigan Department of Community Health Division of Immunization. Ms. Wolicki serves as a committee member of several work groups for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), contributes to the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases textbook (the Pink Book), and works on many immunization training and educational materials and programs. 

Presentation topics: Ms. Wolicki will provide a 2018 Immunization Update, which will include updates on recent changes to the immunizations schedules, and a presentation on vaccine administration at the 2018 Immunization Summit.  


Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, Professor, the Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh 

Dr. Zimmerman, M.D., M.P.H. (Epidemiology), M.A. (Bioethics), M.S. (Organizational Leadership) is a Professor with tenure in the Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. In the past, he has served as founding chairperson of the Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (www.immunizationed.org).  He serves as co-author for the smartphone and online software, Shots. In 2002-2004, he served as a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at CDC and continues to serve on one of its working groups. He has authored over 200 publications on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases. He has been the principal investigator on CDC-funded studies about racial disparity and adult immunization and on ways to increase vaccination rates.  He has received national awards for his research on economic barriers to immunization and for his curricular materials on immunization and has been honored as one of Pittsburgh’s best family physicians.

Presentation Topic: Dr. Zimmerman will speak about the Challenges of and Solutions to Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases.


Annual WIN Awards Luncheon:

The Annual WIN Awards Luncheon will be held at the Civic Center on June 21st at from 11:45am to 1:00pm. Purchase of the full two-day Immunization Summit registration or Day 1 Registration includes entrance to the Annual Awards Luncheon. Those wishing to purchase tickets for other guests, may purchase tickets to the Awards Luncheon for $25. For more information at the Annual Awards Event or to submit a nomination, please click here.

Adult Immunization Clinic:

An Adult Immunization Clinic, hosted by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, will be held during the Immunization Summit and KidStrong Conference. Hepatitis A & B, Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), HPV, and pneumococcal vaccines will be offered. Please note in the registration form below if you would like to receive one or some of these vaccines at the conference. If so, please bring the following documents with you to the clinic: your insurance card (or a copy of it) and a copy of your immunization records (if available).


Registration Fees:

  • Advance registration (until June 15th): $50  for one day; $90 for two days
  • Late Registration (June 16th and after): $60 for one day; $110 for two days
  • Student rates: $25 for one day; $45 for two days.
  • Annual WIN Awards Luncheon ticket: for those who are not attending the Immunization Sumit/KidStrong Conference or for additional guests: $25

Given that some WIN members are facing budgets cuts at this time, we are offering a limited number of scholarships to cover 50% of the registration fee for those who need it this year. If you would like to request one of these scholarships, please email the WIN Program Manager stating the reason for requesting this scholarship and the number of scholarships requested.

To register, please click here.

*Please note that school nurses and school-based health clinic personnel should register with the KidStrong Conference and are welcome to cross-over into some or all of the Immunization Summit sessions. If you have already registered for the KidStrong Conference, you do not need to complete a separate Immunization Summit registration.

Cancellations and Substitutions:

If you cannot attend the Immunization Summit you can send a substitute, even at the last minute. If you must cancel entirely, your request for a refund—minus a $30 processing fee—must be made in writing no later than June 15, 2018. Refunds will be processed within two weeks of the request. Cancellations made after June 16th are not eligible for a refund. 


Room blocks for Immunization Summit registrants are being held at:

  1. Hampton Inn Charleston-Downtown (1 Virginia Street West, Charleston, West Virginia, 25302) at a rate of $128/night + tax for a Double and $134/night + tax for a King. To reserve a room in this block, please call 304-343-9300 and use code: Center Rural Health when making a reservation to take advantage of the room block rates. The room block closes May 20th.

  2. Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston (300 Court Street, Charleston, West Virginia, 25301) at a rate of $139/night + tax. Overnight parking is an additional $13/night. To reserve a room in this block, please call 304-347-8700. The room block closes May 21st. 

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