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
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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
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.
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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.
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.
About the American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest 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 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.