Family Medicine Residency Programs Recognized for Improving Adult and Childhood Immunization Rates in Underserved Communities

The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Announces 2012 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Thursday, June 14, 2012

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 excited to announce the 2012 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award winners. These awards recognize family medicine residency programs for identifying and developing solutions to overcome barriers to childhood and adult immunizations. Awards and scholarships to attend the AAFP’s 2012 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students were presented to 13 residency programs:

  • Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Hinsdale, Ill.
  • The Brooklyn Hospital Family Medicine Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, Portland, Maine
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, Baltimore, Md.
  • Methodist Health Systems Family Medicine Residency Program, Dallas, Texas
  • Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies Family Medicine, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Program, Middletown, Conn.
  • Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency, East Point, Ga.
  • Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program, Chula Vista, Calif.
  • Southern Illinois University Family Medicine Residency Program–Carbondale, Carbondale, Ill.
  • Thomas Jefferson University Department of Family and Community Medicine Residency, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Utah Healthcare Institute/St. Mark’s Family Medicine Residency, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • University of Kansas Family Medicine Residency Program, Kansas City, Kan.

The 2012 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award winners were chosen for their ability to find creative, team-based solutions that increase immunization rates. The 2012 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 populations.

“We are proud to recognize these 13 programs which have made it their mission to raise awareness and protect their communities from infectious diseases,” said Craig M. Doane, AAFP vice president for Publications and Strategic Partnerships. “These programs share our vision of improving health for everyone and we hope they will serve as examples of best practices for others who look to increase immunization rates in their communities.”

For more information about this year’s winning programs and their approaches to improving immunization rates, please visit www.aafpfoundation.org/immunizationawards(www.aafpfoundation.org). Also, to view or download the five-part Comprehensive Immunization Curriculum for Family Medicine Programs please visit www.aafpfoundation.org/immunizationawards(www.aafpfoundation.org) and click on the link to Immunization Resources.

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