2018 Meeting Recap and Highlights

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About The Community Meeting:

Immunize Nevada holds a general community meeting on the first Thursday of every month from 8:30 - 10am. Attendees are welcome to arrive at 8am for networking and refreshments. Each meeting features updates from the Nevada State Immunization Program, Partner News, Networking and an Educational Presentation. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with local partners, exchange ideas and learn about vaccine & health related topics.

Next Meeting: February 7, 2019  

Meeting Locations:

  • Las Vegas: TBD

  • Reno: Innevation Center at 450 Sinclair St, Reno, NV 89501 (Liberty and Sinclair St)

November Meeting Recap

Presentations: Programs and outreach to underserved communities

Various partners presented on programs intended to reach out to underserved communities, including mobile health, rural outreach, and lead poisoning prevention.

  • Reno
    • Nevada Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. We can help prevent childhood lead poisoning by educating parents and health care providers about the dangers of lead and how to avoid it. Lead poisoning can affect any child of any race, culture, income or region.
  •  Las Vegas
    • Rural outreach and Mobile Units. Our partners from Southern Nevada Health District and Health Plan of Nevada will discuss their efforts to provide health services in underserved communities in Nevada.
      • Sarah Lugo, Senior Community Health Nurse, Southern Nevada Health District
      • Denise Muehl, Associate VP, Clinic Operations, Medicine on the Move

November meeting agenda

November meeting report

November Statewide Partner Updates and Announcements

  • The open enrollment period has stated and will end on December 15th. For more information about plans from Nevada Health link, check out their website here
  • The Nevada cancer coalition will be hosting a breast cancer collaborative discussion in Reno on November 15th. For more information, please visit their website here
  • High Sierra AHEC is planning to host an ECHO presentation on March 7th
  • Join us for a paint and sip class! When you buy a seat in a Painting It Forward class, you're making a donation to Immunize Nevada! Both events and ticket links are also on our Facebook page.
    •  “Tahoe Twilight” Painting Northern Nevada: November 5th from 7pm-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Cost per painter is $45. Sign up online here
    • “Moon Gazing” Painting Southern Nevada: November 5th from 7:30pm-10pm (doors open at 7pm). Cost per painter is $39. Sign up online here
  •  Join us at the InFLUencer Awards and Partner Breakfast and mingle with peers and colleagues to celebrate Nevada’s flu heroes, while enjoying breakfast on us as we say “thank you for all you do!”
    • Reno: December 4 at the Northern Nevada Medical Center
    • Las Vegas: December 7 at Panevino


October Meeting Recap 

Presentation: 2018-2019 flu season strategies

The Immunize Nevada team and representatives from the Nevada State Immunization Program presented data from the 2017-2018 flu season, shared updates, strategies, and messaging for this upcoming flu season.

View Immunize Nevada's presentation here 

View the State's presentation here 

October meeting agenda

October meeting report


October Statewide Partner Updates and Announcements

  • AstraZeneca is re-introducing flu mist to the market. Existing orders should be fulfilled soon.
  • There will be a pediatric flu clinic on Wednesday October 24th at the Discovery museum in Reno. If a child gets a flu shot, they will get free admission to the museum. There will be one free adult admission per family
  • Web IZ tip: You can view the immunization public portals for other state immunization programs if you search for “CDC IIS contacts” in an online search engine.
  • There will be a flu POD on Monday October 8th from 3PM- 6PM at O’Brien Middle school in Reno. 
  • Southern Nevada Health district is now accepting pregnant mothers to the free Healthy Start Program 
  • Nevada Homeless Connect is hosting Project Homeless Connect on November 20 at the Champion Center in Las Vegas.


September Meeting Recap

Presentation: Children Advocacy Priorities in Nevada

Our partners from Children’s Advocacy Alliance discussed children’s health advocacy priorities in preparation for the 2019 Nevada state legislative session.

  • Las Vegas
    • Maggie Salas Crespo, Communications Coordinator, Children's Advocacy Alliance
    • Shelby Henderson, M.Ed., School Readiness Policy Manager, Children's Advocacy Alliance
  • Reno
    • Emma Rodriguez, MPP, Children's Health Policy Manager, Children's Advocacy Alliance

View the presentation here 

September meeting agenda

September meeting report 


September Statewide Partner Updates and Announcements

  •  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Monday, Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. A couple of businesses, casinos, etc. are turning NV purple and teal. Encouraging everyone to take pictures around the area where it is teal and purple and post on social media.
  •  Saturday, Sept. 15: The Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention is hosting their 12th Annual Walk in Memory Walk for Hope. There will be 13 communities participating in this event. This year, as a part of the walk, there's a registration challenge. The organization who registers the most number of Walk attendees will win a free table at the 2019 Nevada Suicide Prevention Conference next year.
  • SNHD Health Start Program: For pregnant mothers living in certain zip code areas, they have a home visit program that will educate pregnant mothers and give them appropriate resources. For more information, contact Sandra Annan (annan@snhd.org)
  •  "Making Time for You": Join the Damily Community Action Network on Thursday Sept. 13 to give your voice and opinion about health care. They are giving free goodie bags and raffle prizes, and child care is provided. Session 1 is from 10am-12pm and Session 2 is from 4pm-6pm. It is at Nevada Partners (710 W Lake Mead Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89030)
  •  Alison Passey is the representative for Flu mist. If anyone has questions about the flu mist, or if any office wants the flu mist, contact Alison. alison.passey@astrazeneca.com
  • Washoe County Health District will be providing flu shots at a POD on October 8 from 3PM- 6PM at O’Brien Middle school
  • National voter registration day, on September 25, is a single day of coordinated media and field efforts to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities and register as many eligible voters as possible.


August Meeting Recap

Las Vegas Presentation: City of Las Vegas Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Program.

Our speakers presented on the lead based paint hazards within City of Las Vegas homes and how we can remediate such hazards for homeowners or renters.

  • Las Vegas
    • Erin Sheehy, MPH, Chief Lead Hazard and Healthy Homes Specialist, UNLV
    • Melissa Bartshe, Lead Hazard and Healthy Homes Specialist, UNLV

View the presentation here

August meeting agenda
August meeting report


August Statewide Partner Updates and Announcements

  • First Med is hosting a  back to school event on August 11th at their North Las Vegas clinic on 3940 MLK Blvd
  • Community Health Alliance is accepting walk-in patients for back to school immunizations at their wells location. Their Neil Rd location is still closed for repairs
  • The Alzheimer’s association is hosting their annual walk on September 22nd at the Sparks Marina at 8am. For more information, check out alz.org/walk


June Meeting Recap

Presentation: Barriers to immunization and health access for seniors

Our speakers presented about the challenges involved in providing vaccines to senior population

  • Las Vegas
  • Reno
    • Chris Fegert, Community Relations, Northern Nevada HOPES
    • Jennifer Farfan Bilingual Medical Assistant Lead
    • Lupe Anguiano Bilingual Medical Assistant Lead

June meeting agenda

June meeting report

June Statewide Partner Updates and Announcements

Nevada State Maternal and Child Health Coalition
The Big Latch Statewide Celebration during World Breastfeeding Week
For more information on events, please visit here

Carson City
August 3, 2018
Nevada State Legislature, 401 S Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Las Vegas
August 4, 2018
8280 W. Warm Springs Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
​9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

August 4, 2018
University of Nevada, 1664 N Virginia St
Reno, NV 89557
​9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


May Meeting Recap  

Presentation: Meningococcal Disease: Etiology, Epidemiology and ACIP Recommendations

In preparation for the Back-To-School season, our guest speakers presented on Meningitis and the Meningitis vaccine

  •  Las Vegas
    •  Ángel L. Rosas, PhD, Medical Science Liaison-Deputy Director, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Reno
    • James Seaboldt, PharmD, School of Community Health Sciences

May meeting agenda 

May meeting report

May Partner Updates and Announcements

  • The Annual MCH conference is on May 18th
  • Health Plan of Nevada is hosting their summer kick-off event on June 2nd from 9AM- 1PM at the little flower church. Vaccines and other services will be provided at this event
  • Liberty dental is out in the community and is working to ensure that members are utilizing their dental benefits. For more information, contact Xenia Pyne at xpyne@libertydentalplan.com
  • Southern Nevada Health District has a mobile clinic which offers immunizations. The mobile clinic will travel around North Las Vegas and Henderson. For dates, times, and locations visit their website https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/mobile-clinic/


April Meeting Recap 

Presentation: Community Health Needs Assessment 

Our guest speakers presented the results of the community health needs assessments and provided recommendations on health priorities.

April meeting agenda

April meeting report

April Partner Updates and Announcements

  • Walmart Wellness Day - April 21
  • Southern Nevada Health District’s - Baby Bash, Mobile health clinic still scheduled
  • UMC Healthy Living Institute: UMC is offering Kohl’s Kids Food and Fun Workshops and and Yummy Sites to help reduce child obesity. To schedule a workshop, call 702-383-7353
  • The CDC updated pediatric contracts and shingrix will be available soon
  • The Children’s Cabinet has programs to help Nevada’s uninsured individuals and families get access healthcare and support services by providing application assistance and connecting families to community resources. For more information, contact Yvette Ruiz at yruiz@childrenscabinet.org
  • The Washoe County Health District is monitoring the measles case closely
  • The Annual MCH conference is on May 18th


March Meeting Recap

Presentation: Impact of community vaccination clinics

Our guest speakers presented on the impact of community vaccine clinics, and discussed challenges and barriers of hosting an immunization clinic in the community.

March meeting agenda
March meeting report

March Partner Updates and Announcements

  • Flu vaccines up 11% over this time last year. For the first time in the data collection history, we surpassed 600,000 doses!
  • As of 1/1/18, all AFIX assessments are generated within NV WebIZ; providers may generate their own assessments, whether or not enrolled in the VFC Program; promotion of this feature will begin in March; guidance materials will be provided/posted in NV WebIZ.
  • As of 2/28/18, 553 locations report immunizations electronically via HL7 (rather than manual direct entry); 95 of them also electronically query via HL7 (i.e. request immunization history that is sent back to and saved in their EHR).
  • Since at least early 2017, over 50% of immunizations are now submitted via HL7.
  • NV WebIZ is currently pursuing the possibility of obtaining death data from Vital Records to ensure NV WebIZ records are updated accordingly; this is a common practice of many IIS to ensure reminders are never sent for deceased patients, and to more accurately reflect the jurisdictional population.
  • Sunrise Children's Foundation invites members of the community to present at their staff meeting April 20th. Sunrise Children's Foundation is also having a Health Fair for their WIC clients on May 11th. The contact for both is Jerry Smith- jerrys@sunrisechildren.org or 702-646-7784


February Meeting Recap 

Presentation: State and regional Flu update

In light of this historically busy flu season, our guest speakers provided an update on flu activities this season and discussed barriers to administering flu vaccines.


February Partner Updates and Announcements

  • Healthcare Guidance Program - Nevada Comprehensive Care Waiver will be phased out. They need public comments and public input. View document here
  • On Saturday, February 3, there will be a Super Recycle event at the Thomas & Mack parking lot from 7:30AM- 2:30 PM. View flyer here
  • Southern NV Health District mobile unit is up and running, schedule is on their website
  • Community Health Alliance has pediatric dental appointments as soon as next week. Kids 10 and under we can usually get in right away because we have a DA but is allowed to do hygiene functions on kids 10 and under. Kids over 10 gets a little tighter because they have to see the hygienist but we can still get some in starting next week as well.
  • The Community Health Alliance pharmacy carries all doses of Tamiflu (peds and adult). They have to be a CHA patient, and CHA will insurance. Uninsured is still expensive -$50 for adult dose (vs $175 at regular pharmacy) 
  • The Safe Kids Coalition will be meeting regulary on the second Tuesday of each month, and the next meeting will be on March 13th at noon. If you are interested in joining the coalition, contact Katie Metz at kmetz@renown.org 
  • The Northern Nevada Dental Health Programs will host their annual Give Kids a Smile event. This event will mostly have restorative services. There are a few spaces available, and If you know of anyone who needs dental care, contact Nicole Lamboley at Nlamboley@renown.org