AAFP Adolescent Immunization
Best Practices Summit


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit was held July 14-15, 2018, in Kansas City, MO. It focused on ways that family physicians use evidence-based interventions and system changes to improve immunization rates among adolescents 11-18 years of age. Summit participants described best practices to improve adolescent immunization rates by undertaking a quality improvement program or project, implementing a team-based approach, and developing a sustainability plan for the practice.

Key Objectives

During the summit, participants presented approaches used in their family medicine practices to achieve the following objectives:

  • Identify interventions, strategies, and system changes to increase adolescent immunization rates
  • Understand and overcome knowledge and performance gaps to increase adolescent immunization rates
  • Use resources to combat myths and misconceptions about adolescent immunization
  • Conquer inconsistent messages about adolescent immunization across the care team
  • Educate patients and parents on the benefits of adolescent immunization

Summit Participants and Partners


  • Kimberly Allman, MD (Family Physicians of Kansas, Andover, KS)
  • David Cope, MD, FAAFP (Cope Family Medicine, Bountiful, UT)
  • Abigail Ho, MSN/MPH, FNP-C (Rocky Run Family Medicine, Centreville, VA)
  • Jacqueline Huynh, MD (University of Arizona Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program, Tucson, AZ)
  • John Merrill-Steskal, MD, FAAFP (Kittitas Valley Healthcare, Ellensburg, WA)
  • Candace Murbach, DO, FAAFP (Memorial Health Physicians, Savannah, GA)
  • Amrish Patel, MD (Troutman Family Medicine, Troutman, NC)
  • Kristen M. Royer, MD, FAAFP (Boulder Community Health, Lafayette, CO)
  • Jennifer Schriever, MD (Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD)
  • Timothy Tobolic, MD (Byron Center Family Medicine, Byron Center, MI)
  • Marlon Weiss, MD, FAAFP (Family Practice Specialists, LLC, Lincoln, NE)

AAFP Immunization Partners

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
  • Association of Immunization Managers (AIM)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
  • National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)

Special Thanks

The 2018 AAFP Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit would not have been possible without the hard work and support of dedicated individuals who understand the importance of improving adolescent immunization rates within family medicine. The AAFP would like to thank everyone who made time in their busy schedule to participate in this effort.

The AAFP Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit was supported by an unrestricted grant from Sanofi Pasteur.