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Kansas Groups Partner to Celebrate World Immunization Week

IKK and KHM inform best practices for immunizations

By Gianfranco Pezzino, M.D., M.P.H. | April 23, 2014

In celebration of World Immunization Week, April 24-30, 2014, Kansas Health Matters (KHM) is partnering with Immunize Kansas Kids (IKK) to bring providers, community leaders, and academia an in-depth look into Kansas immunization practices. This will include the 2013 Kansas Immunization Manual for providers and information about how local communities have improved their immunization rates, as well as multiple Kansas-specific reports on immunization practices.

Kansas Health Matters is a website intended to help hospitals, health departments, community members and policymakers learn about the health of the community and ways to help improve it. It provides local health data, resources, promising best practices, news articles and information about community events related to important health issues. Kansas Health Matters was created by the Kansas Health Matters Partnership, a collaborative partnership including the following founding organizations: Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved; Kansas Association of Local Health Departments; Kansas Department of Health and Environment; Kansas Health Foundation; Kansas Health Institute; and the Kansas Hospital Association.

The Immunize Kansas Kids project is a unique partnership among the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Kansas Health Institute and dozens of stakeholder organizations across Kansas. IKK’s goal is to protect every Kansas child from vaccine-preventable diseases. This project is made possible by funding and support from the Kansas Health Foundation, whose mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. With numerous Kansas-specific reports and projects, IKK contains a trove of information that will be available to the public on the KHM website.

Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, chair of Immunize Kansas Kids and former chair of the Kansas Health Matters working group, said the following about this new partnership, “Over a period of several years the Immunize Kansas Kids coalition has produced a wealth of information and evidence on how to promote good immunization practices in our state. Now it is time to disseminate that evidence and make it broadly available to our practitioners. This partnership with Kansas Health Matters is going to do exactly that.”

The new IKK page on the KHM website will include multiple resources for providers, local health departments, and communities. This information includes the electronic version of the 2013 Kansas Immunization Manual and examples of community’s quality improvement projects to increase local immunization rates.

→ Download the 2013 Kansas Immunization Manual.

→ Watch a mini video highlighting the work of KHM and IKK, created by the Healthy Communities Institute.

For more information

Contact Gianfranco Pezzino, MD, MPH, Chair of IKK and past chair of KHM

(785) 233-5443 or gpezzino@khi.org