Event Recap: Immunizations for Healthy Aging – Ad Astra ECHO Series on Immunizations in Kansas

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Dec 15, 2023


Kansas Health Institute

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On Dec. 15, 2023, KHI held an educational event that focused on understanding vaccinations recommended for older adults. Participants learned how the immune system changes with age and the role vaccines can play in maintaining health. They also learned about critical vaccines recommended for older adults and how to address fears and concerns regarding immunizations.

Participants heard from Dr. Joan Duwve, MD, MPH, State Health Officer, and Krissi O’Dell, BSN, Immunization Nurse Educator, from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Following a panel discussion, Representative John Eplee, MD, Kansas State Representative and family physician, provided wrap-up comments.

Panelists include:  

  • Amanda Applegate, PharmD, BCACP, Director of Practice Development, Kansas Pharmacists Association
  • Annette Graham, LSCSW, Executive Director, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging
  • Lacey Hunter, Commissioner of Survey, Certification & Credentialing, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
  • Brenda Rhoads-Groves, LPN, CADDCT, Quality Improvement Consultant, KFMC Health Improvement Partners
  • Patricia Torres, Community Health Specialist, Immunize Kansas Coalition

This convening is part of the Ad Astra ECHO Series: Immunizations in Kansas.

A recording of the event is below.

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