June 21 and 22, 2017
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 and Sessions:
Gary S. Marshall, M.D.
Dr. Marshall is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, director of the Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit, and author of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (a.k.a The Purple Book).
Dr. Marshall will provide two presentations at the 2017 WV Immunization Summit:
1. Roots of Vaccine-Hesitancy: How can we explain vaccine hesitancy given the self-evident truth that vaccines have largely unburdened mankind from so many serious diseases? This program beings with that self-evident truth, but moves through the pervasiveness and epidemiology of vaccine hesitancy to exploring the root causes, which lie deep within the nature of being human. Discussion topics include the power of anecdote, the ubiquity of (mis)information, celebrity-ism, confusion, the human tendency towards heuristic thinking, and the decline of altruism. Risk-benefit communication is explored, and final thoughts are offered on how we can better equip health care professionals to deal with these issues in practice.
2. Concepts in Vaccine Practice: This presentation explores general issues in vaccine practice, including how vaccines are developed and licensed, how recommendations are made, how vaccinations are financed, how delivery and safety are monitored, aspects of daily vaccine practice, general rules for immunization, and contraindications and precautions.
Alix Casler, MD
Dr. Alix Casler is the Medical Director and Chief of Pediatrics at Orlando Health Physician Associates in Orlando, Florida. Her passion for high quality healthcare is evident as she strives to improve the systems in her office. In 2015, Dr. Casler led a highly successful Quality Improvement project in her practice where a number of interventions were applied to get clinicians and their staff on-board around improving their HPV vaccination rates. Educating clinicians and their office staff while providing incentives and improving office processes were critical components. Her practice experienced a 20% increase of HPV vaccination rates for boys and girls, with plans to address sustainability and continue improvements. Her presentation will provide information about implementing a successful HPV vaccination quality improvement initiative in a resource-limited setting.