Leveraging Immunization Manager and Community Based Organization Partnerships for COVID-19 and Beyond
Collaboration between community-based organizations (CBOs) and immunization managers at state and local health departments has been critical to COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Immunization managers have been essential to allocating resources and ensuring communities are equipped to combat preventable diseases. As key trust-holders, CBOs are often the translators and messengers of complex, life-saving health information that keeps communities protected and safe from the ever-evolving pandemic. Continued partnerships between these two groups is crucial to shaping a more efficient, effective and equitable community response – for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
- Review the role of immunization managers in COVID-19 vaccine implementation over the last year;
- Reinforce the value and impact of CBO partnerships with state and local health departments in COVID-19 response;
- Spotlight successes and lessons learned from partnerships between CBOs and health departments in Wisconsin and Oregon; and
- Offer ideas for the future state of the relationship between immunization managers and CBOs.
- Jesper Angelo,CIO & COO, Living Islands
- Kianna Angelo, Founder & Executive Director, Living Islands
- Charleigh Granade, Public Health Analyst, Immunization Services Division, CDC
- Claire Hannan, Executive Director, Association of Immunization Managers
- Laura Kochlefl, Project Manager – Vaccination Community Outreach Program, Wisconsin DHS
- Rob Smith, Deputy Director, Community Driven Vaccine Program, Oregon Health Authority
- Julie Scofield, Project Director – Community COVID Coalition, CDC Foundation (moderator)