AAFP Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is pleased to have your participation in its Adolescent Immunizations Office Champions Project!  Twenty family medicine practices are involved in this project and we are excited to work with all of you to increase adolescent immunization rates.  The intent of the project is to provide tools and effective strategies for developing a culture that promotes the importance of adolescent immunizations in your practice setting.  Our objective is that each practice will show an increase in adolescent immunizations of at least 10% from their baseline assessment at the conclusion of the project.

The project will utilize a multi-faceted educational approach which consists of three elements:

  • Completion of the AAFP's METRIC® Adolescent Immunization performance improvement module.
  • Utilization of a “Practice Manual” which will include evidence-based guidelines, clinician and patient resources, templates, and guidance on how to integrate key interventions for increasing adolescent immunizations into the practice setting.
  • Ongoing project support via conference calls and an online learning community to address problems and make suggestions for successful implementation. 


Immunizations are one of the greatest public health achievements, however national data continue to show that adolescent immunization rates remain well below Healthy People 2020 goals(www.healthypeople.gov).  The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates are of specific concern. To help improve adolescent immunization rates, the AAFP is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address this need through the Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project.

The project will focus on the following key areas:

  • Improving strong recommendations for adolescent vaccines.
  • Reducing missed opportunities to immunize adolescent patients.
  • Increasing parental awareness and acceptance of adolescent vaccines, and addressing myths and misconceptions.
  • Implementing evidence-based practices to improve vaccine coverage.

The Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project teams must agree to:

  • Complete an AAFP Conflict of Interest Form.
  • Complete a Consent Form for the project.
  • Have the designated family physician in the practice complete the AAFP METRIC Adolescent Immunization performance improvement module.
  • Conduct two chart reviews of 50 random adolescent patient charts, following parameters distributed during the course of the project.
  • Participate in the Adolescent Immunization Project Community (Monthly topic discussions).
  • The designated physician and/or office champions will participate in quarterly conference calls and training webinars.
  • Complete two practice surveys at the pre- and post-intervention phase.
  • Complete a mid-project interview with AAFP project staff.
  • Develop an action plan to implement office system changes to increase adolescent immunization rates in the practice's daily office routines.


The selected AAFP Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project practices will receive $3,000 to cover administrative costs. Payments will be made based on the following milestones:

  • $1,000 awarded following completion of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative course, teleconference, pre-project survey, staff meeting, and submission of an implementation plan (approximately May 2013).
  • $1,000 awarded following completion of the AAFP METRIC Adolescent Immunization performance improvement module (approximately February 2014).
  • $1,000 awarded following completion of all phases of the program including a mid-term interview, and a post-project survey (approximately August 2015).
  • $25 registration fee for participation in the AAFP METRIC Adolescent Immunization performance improvement module to be paid by AAFP. Upon successful completion of the METRIC module, the family physicians will receive 20 prescribed CME credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Once your practice completes the program, your practice will receive recognition materials including:

  • A recognition certificate that reads: "This practice is recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians for excellence in adolescent immunizations."
  • A press release you can send to your local newspaper.
  • A certificate for your Office Champion, indicating he or she has completed the Adolescent Immunization Office Champions project by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • An article for your patient newsletter.
  • Tips on holding a recognition ceremony for staff.
  • Tips on publicizing your champion status.

Additionally, your practice and others who complete the project will receive recognition in appropriate AAFP communication vehicles.


The total duration of this project is three years February 2013 and end by August 2015.


  • 2013 Immunization Schedules- Each year, recommendations for routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents, and adults in the United States are developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).The immunization schedules are provided as guidance on the use of all the vaccines in the schedules, including contraindications and precautions to use of a vaccine.
  • Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents (CDC/AAFP)(www.cdc.gov)-This materials will assist you when talking to parents about vaccines, because parents’ trust resources that are provided from their family physician.
  • AAFP METRIC Adolescent Immunization performance improvement module- Is a guided quality improvement module that will help family physicians and their practices assess baseline adolescent immunization performance, implement interventions for improvement.
  • Adolescent Immunization Project Community- Is a learning community that will assist the project teams in sharing information.  The project teams will participate in monthly discussion topics through the learning community.

We look forward to working with you on this project!


For more information, contact Pamela Carter-Smith at pcarter@aafp.org or 800-274-2237 x 3162.

This project is sponsored by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (1U66IP000676-01)