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Family Medicine Residency Programs Recognized for Increasing Childhood Immunizations Rates in Underserved Areas
The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Announces 2009 AAFP Foundation Wyeth Immunization Award Winners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Ten monetary grants and scholarships for residents to attend the AAFP’s National Conference were presented to the following programs:
- Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Boise, Idaho
- Mercer University School of Medicine/Medical Center of Central Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program, Macon, Ga.
- Midland Family Medicine Residency, Midland, Mich.
- NY Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Family Medicine Residency Program, New York, N.Y.
- San Joaquin General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, French Camp, Calif.
- Scottsdale Healthcare Family Medicine Residency Program, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program, Salina, Kan.
- St. Vincent Mercy Med Center/Mercy Health Partners Family Medicine Residency Program, Toledo, Ohio
- University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Rochester, N.Y.
- Western Reserve Care Systems Family Medicine Residency Program, Youngstown, Ohio
The 2009 AAFP Foundation Wyeth Immunization Award winners were chosen for their ability to find creative, team-based solutions that increase immunization rates. The 2009 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;
- System Implementation — implementing a new system that will increase immunization rates in medically underserved children.
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About the AAFP Foundation Wyeth Immunization Awards Program
The AAFP Foundation Wyeth 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 Wyeth Vaccines. For more information, including a tip sheet of best practices from past winners, please visit: http://www.aafpfoundation.org/wyethimmunization.
About the AAFP Foundation
The AAFP Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians and advances the values of Family Medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people.
About the AAFP
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.
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