2021 Immunization Symposium

2021 Immunization Symposium:
“Vaccination in the Time of COVID-19”

October 14, 2021
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central)
Held virtually via Zoom

Event Overview

The 2021 Immunization Symposium is hosted by the Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC), which is a program of Nurture KC. This event brings together community leaders, renowned medical and immunization experts, and those who want to learn more and effectively advocate for vaccines to advance the health of our community. The symposium is open to the public and the cost to attend virtually is $75. (Registration link is above.) This also is a continuing education (CE) eligible event for nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and community health workers.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Greg Poland, M.D.

As a doctor and researcher at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), Dr. Poland specializes in immunogenetics of vaccine response in both adults and children. Along with his team at the Vaccine Research Group, his aim is to improve the health of individuals worldwide by addressing challenges in clinical and epidemiologic research. The Vaccine Research Group, which Poland leads, uses immunological testing, such as cell-mediated immunity, to research new ways to treat disease. In 2007, Poland coined the term “vaccinomics” to refer to the development of personalized vaccines on an increased understanding of immune response. Along with his research, Dr. Poland received the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in 2008. He received his MD from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL and completed his residency, where he served as the Chief Resident, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Dr. Kevin Ault, M.D., FACOG

Dr. Ault’s research and clinical interests are infectious diseases and women’s health. He has been an investigator in a wide variety of research projects involving maternal immunization and human papillomavirus. Dr. Ault is a Professor and Director of Clinical and Translation Research at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Kansas Medical Center. In 2018, Dr. Ault was selected to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Dr. Ault is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a fellow of the Infectious Society of America and is one of the few physicians in the United States with both honors.


7:30 a.m.Explore Exhibitor “Booths” - Main Zoom Room & Breakout Rooms Open to Attendees
8 a.m.Event Begins with Opening Remarks from Mayor Quinton Lucas
8:15 a.m.The Politics of Vaccination

Learn the history of the anti-vaccination movement and its impact on vaccine confidence.

Attendees will gain insight into the policy and political environment surrounding vaccination in the Kansas and Missouri legislatures and the evolution of public health in the political arena. Attendees will learn about the history of the anti-vaccine movement and the tactics utilized to sway public opinion and influence legislators. Attendees will be given resources and information to effectively advocate for vaccines in community settings.
9:15 a.m.Vaccinology in the 21st Century: A 12-Step Process

Understand the need for research in vaccination and understand the term “vaccinomics.”

Attendees will hear from Dr. Greg Poland, the leader in vaccine immune response virtually. Dr. Poland will present on his research in development of personalized vaccinations to reduce immune reactions. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about what vaccines will be available in the future.
10:30 a.m.Building Confidence in Underserved Communities

Analyze the importance of health equity in vaccination and understand historical fears from diverse communities.

Attendees will learn about the historical mistreatment of Black patients in medical experimentation that drives some of the health disparities that exist today. Attendees will gain strategies to building trust in underserved communities. Attendees will connect the role of community organizations and providers in increasing vaccination rates among Black and Latino populations.
11:30 a.m.Breakout Rooms with Exhibitors (Choose Where You Visit)
NoonLunch Break
12:45 p.m.Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): What is ACIP and how does it inform the vaccination approval process?

Become informed on the ACIP process and how vaccines are recommended for approval by the CDC.

Attendees will gain insight into the evidence-based process utilized by ACIP in making vaccine recommendations to the CDC as presented by University of Kansas physician and ACIP member, Dr. Kevin Ault. Dr. Ault will speak to the specific considerations for COVID-19 vaccines and general process for all vaccines.
2 p.m.Getting Back on Schedule: Keeping Up with Routine Immunizations

Take action to improve routine vaccination rates in children, adolescents and adults in a clinical and non-clinical setting.

Attendees will receive current data regarding immunization trends before and during the pandemic and the impact upon routine immunization compliance. Attendees will gain strategies to encourage parents to get children vaccinated and immunizations for adults. Attendees will also participate in a short roleplay activity during the session to further drive home the need for speaking about vaccine hesitancy.
3 p.m.Our Reaction to COVID-19 and Vaccination: An Anthropologist Explains

Understand and be able to critically analyze human behavior and its relationship to infectious disease

Attendees will hear from a biological anthropologist with a focus on epidemiology who will discuss human behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sattenspiel will draw comparisons between the COVID-19 and 1918 Spanish Flu pandemics. Attendees will get a better understanding of the psychological drivers behind our responses. Strategies to anticipate and adapt to human reactions will be explored so that we can mitigate the toll of sickness and death from infectious disease.
3:45 p.m.Call to Action: Your Role in Vaccine Advocacy
4 p.m.2021 Immunization Symposium Adjourns

Continuing Education Goals

Through this symposium, attendees should achieve the following goals:

• Understand the need for research in vaccination

• Understand the term “vaccinomics”

• Analyze the importance of health equity in vaccination and understand historical fears from communities of color

• Learn the history of the anti-vaccination movement and its impact on vaccine confidence

• Take actionable steps to improve routine vaccination rates in children, adolescents and adults in clinical and non-clinical settings

• Be well-versed in the vaccine approval process from the ACIP

• Be able to critically analyze human behavior and its relationship to infectious disease

• Take action to promote vaccinations in their own communities

Thank you to our partners:

B.E. Education Group, LLC is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 6.3 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure, and 5.25 contact hours for social workers. KSBN provider number LT0258-0310. B.E. Education Group, LLC is a pre-approved provider for social workers through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) Provider Number 14-002.

2021 Immunization Symposium: Vaccination in the Time of COVID-19 is supported by an educational grant from Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products.