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

The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Announces 2013 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Thursday, May 23, 2013

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 2013 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Awards. These awards recognize family medicine residency programs for helping overcome barriers to immunization among both children and adults in underserved communities. The foundation presented monetary awards to nine family medicine residency programs:

• Broadlawns Family Medicine Residency, Des Moines, Iowa
• The Brooklyn Hospital Family Medicine Center Family Medicine Residency, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Creighton University Family Medicine Residency, Omaha, Neb.
• Georgetown University/Providence Hospital, Family Medicine Residency Program, Colmar Manor, Md.
• Howard University Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Washington, D.C.
• Meharry Medical College Family Medicine Residency Program, Nashville, Tenn.
• Southern Colorado Family Medicine, Pueblo, Colo.
• University of Utah Family Medicine Residency, Salt Lake City, Utah
• Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program, Wichita, Kan.

The winners also receive scholarships to attend the AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, to be held August 1 – 3 in Kansas City, Mo.

The AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award selection committee chose this year’s winners based on their ability to find creative, team-based solutions to increase immunization rates. The foundation gave awards in two categories:

• Best Practices: Winners demonstrated effective systems to reach often-overlooked adult populations, as measured within a specified 12-month period.
• System Implementation: Winners demonstrated implementation of a comprehensive system to increase immunization rates in medically underserved populations.

“We are proud to recognize these nine programs, which have made it their mission to raise awareness and protect their communities from infectious diseases,” said Craig M. Doane, AAFP Foundation executive director and secretary. “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 vaccination rates in their communities.”

To view or download the five-part Comprehensive Immunization Curriculum for Family Medicine Programs please visit aafpfoundation.org/immunizationawards(www.aafpfoundation.org) and click the link to Immunization Resources.


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About the American Academy of Family Physicians 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 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.

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