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Community groups, immunization advocates honored for partnership

Innovative Partnership Awards

June 16 - A coalition of local organizations and immunization advocates was recognized with an "Innovative Partnership" award last month at the annual Oregon Partnership to Immunize Children (OPIC) awards in Portland. OPIC is a coalition of public and private partners that collaborates to protect children and adolescents from vaccine-preventable diseases, ultimately promoting health and lowering health care costs.

The Vietnamese Community Organization, the Oregon Adult Immunization Coalition and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization together sponsored a health fair at Portland’s annual Tet Festival celebrating the Lunar New Year.

The Oregon Adult Immunization Coalition provided more than 350 donated immunizations ranging from seasonal flu, to hepatitis A and B, to TDaP (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis). It also brought in student nurses from Linfield College and pharmacy students from Pacific University to administer the immunizations at the event. The Immigration and Refugee Community Organization provided Vietnamese and Chinese translations of medical forms, and had an interpreter available by phone.

"It is always so inspiring to honor individuals and organizations that have contributed to vaccine awareness and higher immunization rates in Oregon," said Karen Elliott, OPIC’s coordinator at the Oregon Public Health Division. "This year we had some very dedicated people and an incredible range of activities contributing to our goal of keeping children and adolescents healthy."

"This innovative partnership truly encompassed the spirit of the OPIC awards," Elliott said.

Other award recipients include Karen Oglesby, R.N., Oregon Nurses Association; Jennifer Wrazen, M.D., Samaritan Waldport Clinic; Kelly Martin, M.P.H., Marion County Health Department; the Center for Human Development at the Union County Health Department; and Oregon SafeNet's 211-info project.

Learn more about OPIC and the Oregon Immunization Program online or follow the program on Facebook.