admin News June 1, 2017

Mid America Immunization Coalition & Children’s Mercy Kansas City present
The 2017 Immunization Symposium
#Talkin’ Vaccines

This conference is joint-provided by Mother & Child Health Coalition (MAIC) and Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Friday, June 23, 2017
7:30 a.m.—4:15 p.m.
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
18011 Bass Pro Drive
Independence MO 64055

Nurses: This educational activity has been awarded 6 contact hours.

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Successful completion for contact hours:
– Participate in conference activities
– Sign in at beginning of the conference
– Complete conference electronic evaluation

We accommodate persons with disabilities. Mid America Immunization Coalition is committed to providing programs and activities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital or parental status and, to the extent  covered by the law, age or veteran status.

Call us if you have special needs: (816) 283-6242 ext. 244


Vaccines are widely available; however, every year in the United States, approximately 42,000 adult and 300 child deaths are due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Barriers affecting rates and making our society more vulnerable to the diseases they prevent include lack of knowledge, cost, fear of pain, poor record-keeping, time/transportation issues and recent anti-vaccine messages. All of these barriers serve to make Mid America Immunization Coalition’s promotion of immunizations among the entire population of the metro area even more urgent, because if there is one thing we know, it’s that vaccines work.

This multi-state symposium will feature local and national experts who will focus on the latest information relating to present and future immunization issues and ways to identify and implement communication and practice strategies to improve immunization rates, decrease vaccine hesitancy or refusal, and promote advocacy for immunizations throughout the lifespan.


  • Identify effective strategies and tools to integrate into practice, that communicate the importance of vaccines.
  • Update current knowledge of the impact of seasonal influenza and the importance of
    promoting vaccination.
  • Integrate effective strategies to improve HPV vaccine uptake in practice.
  • Build awareness of recommendations on the immunization schedule for special patient
  • Learn about practical aspects and educational resources for vaccines.


7:30 – 8:15  a.m.   Registration / Exhibits

8:15– 8:30  a.m.   Welcome

8:30 – 9:30  a.m.   #Talkin’ Hesitancy
Gary Marshall, MD   Professor of Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  #Talkin’ Flu
William Atkinson, MD, MPH Associate Director for Immunization Education, Immunization Action Coalition

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  Break / Exhibits

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. #Talkin’ Special Populations
Barbara Pahud, MD, MPH, FAAD, Pediatric Infectious Disease Section, Children’s Mercy Hospital

11:30 – 12:00 p.m. #Talkin’ Practical Aspects
Becky Prall, RN Immunization Nurse Educator/AFIX, Coordinator, Kansas Immunization Program

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch / Exhibits

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.   #Talkin’ HPV Cancers
Terry Tsue, MD, FACS  Dept. of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas  Cancer Center

2:00– 2:15 p.m.    Break / Exhibits

2:15 – 4:15 p.m. “Someone You Love” film, panel discussion and wrap-up –   Speakers



Early-bird fee $70.00: includes breakfast, refreshments, sit-down lunch and course materials.

($75 after June 16, 2017)

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register on-line at www.mchc.net

Should you need to cancel your registration after June 20 there is a $10 cancellation fee.

Dress is business casual. Please bring a jacket or sweater as temperatures are difficult to control in the large rooms.

HOTEL: Queen rooms are available at Stoney Creek at $139/each ID#5268460  Call (800) 659-2220 to reserve a room.  www.StoneyCreekHotels.com

Contact: DuJuan Hord, MAIC program coordinator
(816) 283-6242 ext. 244