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Connecting the Dots to Preventative Health: All Ages and Stages


You will be asked during online pre-registration which session you want to attend for each block. 

For your convenience, many of the sessions are repeated. You can only attend one session per block, and you may not attend the same session twice. 

A-1  10:30  /   B-1  1:00

Don’t Break the Connection: Achieve Vaccine Administration Excellence
Vaccines are administered safely and effectively every day in the United States.  However, vaccine administration error reports have been increasing in frequency over the past years.  A vaccine administration error is defined as any preventable event that may cause or lead to an inappropriate use or patient harm. Such events may be related to professional practice, immunization products, (vials, needle, syringes), storage, dispensing and administration. This session will help you identify common vaccine errors, best practices and strategies to prevent errors in the future.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common vaccine administration errors. 
  • Identify contributing factors to vaccine administration errors. 
  • Identify best practices for vaccine administration and strategies to prevent errors. 

 Presented by:JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A-2  10:30  /   B-2  1:00

You are the Connection to HPV Series Completion: The Importance of HPV Vaccine
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is associated with the development of over 25,000 cancers diagnosed in the United States annually.  Since 2006, we have had a vaccine which helps protect against high-risk HPV strains which can cause cancer.  For many reasons, current vaccination completion rates for preteens are far from the Healthy People 2020 target goal of 80%.  There are several ways that we as medical professionals can help improve that rate to promote the active prevention of cancer in our patients.  This session will highlight CDC sponsored evidence-based strategies that can help improve our rates in NH; describe a team-based case-study which improved HPV rates in an actual local NH clinic; and review the newest guidelines for HPV vaccination as outlined by CDC and ACIP.

Following this session, participants will/will be able to:

  • Express the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention and the rationale for vaccinating at ages 11 or 12.
  • Provide useful and compelling information about HPV vaccine to aid parents in making the decision to vaccinate.
  • Share a case study which will demonstrate a real-life example of increasing HPV vaccine rates at the microsystem level.

Presented by: Bobby Kelly, MD, Family Medicine Physician, Concord Hospital

A-3  10:30  /   B-3  1:00

Improving Connections: How to Implement Standing Orders in Your Practice
Standing orders are an effective strategy to improve vaccination coverage rates. This session will describe a step-by-step approach to incorporate standing orders into your practice.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of using standing orders in a medical practice.
  • Describe the components of a standing order.
  • Describe the recommended steps required to incorporate the use of standing orders in a medical practice.

Presented by: William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Immunization Education, Immunization Action Coalition

A-4  10:30  /   B-4  1:00

Enhancing Connections: Looking at the Big Picture
New Hampshire is rolling out VaxNH, New Hampshire's Immunization Information System (IIS). There are many phases in the "roll out" of VaxNH. This presentation will inform you of the phases of implementation including a preview of the system. You will also receive information on the national perspective of IIS operations across the country. 

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the many phases of the VaxNH implementation. 
  • Describe the benefits of participating in the VaxNH implementation. 
  • Identify enhancements to the vaccine ordering management system.

Presented by: Therese Hoyle, BSHE, Senior Public Health Advisor, PHII

A-5  10:30  /   B-5  1:00   /   C-3  2:45

Historical Connections in the Development of Vaccine – Hilleman Documentary
The greatest scientist of the 20th century, and no one knows his name.  This documentary tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children.  From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer.  Responsible for more than half of the vaccines children receive today, he is credited with saving more than eight million lives every year.  Now through exclusive interviews with Dr. Hilleman and his peers, rare archival footage, and 3-D animation, this film puts a human face to vaccine science, revealing the character that drove this bold, complex, and heroic man.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the science of vaccines.
  • Explain the history of vaccines.
  • Describe Hilleman's role related to vaccine development.

Presented by: Donald Rayne Mitchell, Director/Executive Producer, Medical History Pictures, Inc.

A-6  10:30  /   C-1  2:45

Keeping the Dots Connected…Proper Vaccine Storage and Handling
This session will discuss vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practice strategies for maintaining the cold chain, keeping vaccines viable and procedures for protecting vaccine in the event of an emergency.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Properly store vaccines, maintain appropriate temperature ranges, keep a calibrated, certified thermometer, and record temperatures as required. 
  • Recognize and utilize different types of data logger and explain why data loggers are important for vaccine storage.
  • Rotate stock so vaccine and diluent with the shortest expiration dates are used first, as well as keeping vaccine stock well organized.

Presented by:
Lena Boulanger, MBA, Vaccine Accountability Coordinator, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Immunization Section
Lori Johnson, Vaccine Quality Specialist, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Immunization Section

B-6  1:00

Connecting New Dots: Preventing Zika
This presentation will review the history and current epidemiology of the Zika epidemic; discuss the routes and risk of Zika virus transmission; review the medical complications of Zika virus infection; and outline the public health response to prevent transmission and infectious complications (including an update on Zika vaccine development).

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current at-risk areas for travelers acquiring Zika virus infection as it pertains to the epidemic in the Americas.
  • Identify modes of Zika virus transmission to appropriate counsel patients about preventing infection.
  • Review the public health response to the Zika virus epidemic in the United States and prevention efforts taking place to prevent spread of infection.

Presented by: Benjamin Chan, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist, NH Department of Health and Human Services

C-2   2:45

Do You Have the Necessary Tools to Connect the Dots? 
The session is designed to provide clinicians with the most up-to-date information and address knowledge gaps on immunization. By using a question and answer format, immunization providers can seek clarification on clinical practice issues related to new immunization guidelines, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations, standards of practice and recent updates. This session seeks to provide the tools and information to impact provider competence and performance, as well as patient/client outcome.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe an emerging immunization issue.
  • List a recent immunization recommendation made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
  • Locate resources relevant to current immunization practice.

Presented by:
JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Centers for Disease Control
William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Immunization Education, Immunization Action Coalition