Family Medicine Residency Programs Recognized for Increasing Childhood Immunizations Rates in Underserved Areas

The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Announces 2010 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Contact:
Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
mmoriarty@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Awards. These celebrated family medicine residency programs have achieved excellence in clinical practice by developing creative solutions that result in increased immunization rates in their communities.

The awards provide monetary grants and scholarships for residents to attend the AAFP’s National Conference, a three-day event held during July in Kansas City designed for residents and medical students to share ideas with family medicine educators and leaders from across the nation.

Awards were presented to the following programs:

  • Brooklyn Hospital Center Family Medicine Residency, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Glendale Adventist Family Medicine Residency Program, Glendale, Calif.
  • Howard University Family Medicine Residency Program, Washington, D.C.
  • Medical College of Wisconsin St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency Program,
  • Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • RiverStone Health / Montana Family Medicine Residency, Billings, Mont.
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, South Bend, Ind.
  • St. Louis University Belleville Family Medicine Residency, Belleville, Ill.
  • University of Alabama Huntsville Family Medicine Residency Program, Huntsville, Ala.
  • Wesley Family Medicine Residency, Wichita, Kan.
  • Western Reserve Care System Family Medicine Residency, Youngstown, Ohio

“Thanks to immunizations, deadly diseases like small pox and polio no longer kill or disable millions. Getting our children immunized at the right time protects them and improves the health of our community,” said Richard G. Roberts, M.D., J.D., president of the AAFP Foundation. “I would like to offer my congratulations to the winners of this year’s awards. We hope the innovative systems put in place by these residency programs will inspire other physicians and their practice teams to improve their immunization efforts, too.”

The 2010 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award winners were chosen for their ability to find and implement team-based solutions that increase immunization rates. The 2010 recipients were chosen for one of the following award categories:

  • Best Practices — effective systems in place that are achieving high immunization rates within a specified 12-month period;
  • Most Improved — overcoming barriers to greatly improve immunization rates within a specified 12-month period; and
  • System Implementation — implementing a new system that will increase immunization rates in medically underserved children.

“The AAFP Foundation applauds this year’s program winners for their dedication to protecting children from infectious diseases and to raising awareness of the importance of immunizations to a community’s health and well-being,” said Craig M. Doane, executive director of the AAFP Foundation. “We are proud to recognize programs that share our vision of achieving optimal health for everyone.”

About the AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Awards Program
The AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Awards Program recognizes family medicine residency programs that are overcoming barriers to childhood immunizations and sharing the best practices. Each application is reviewed and scored by a panel appointed by the AAFP Foundation. This program is supported by a grant from Pfizer Inc. For more information, including a tip sheet of best practices from past winners, please visit www.aafpfoundation.org/immunizationawards(www.aafpfoundation.org).(www.aafpfoundation.org)

About the AAFP Foundation
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the AAFP. Its primary goal is to enhance health care delivered to the American people by developing and providing philanthropic resources for the promotion and support of family medicine. For more information or to support the work of the AAFP Foundation, please visit www.aafpfoundation.org(www.aafpfoundation.org).

About the American Academy of Family Physicians


Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions(5 page PDF) on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit
www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).