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Winter 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition's quarterly newsletter!  

In this edition:

  • 25th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference 
  • January 2020 coalition meeting
  • MCAAP Immunization Initiative Webinar Series - Immunization Schedule Update
  • We're In!  2020 for HPV cancer prevention
  • Upcoming events

Coalition Activities

25th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference

Please join us for the 25th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference.  The all-day event will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Framingham, MA.  This year's theme will be "How Far We've Come Together."  Plenary speakers will include Dr. Carolyn Bridges of the Immunzation Action Coalition, Dr. Alfred DeMaria, Jr. of MDPH, and Dr. Mark Freedman of the CDC.  Registration is now open and early bird pricing is available.  Please visit the conference website for additional information.  

January 2020 Coalition Meeting
Thank you to all who participated in our January 28, 2020 meeting.  Rebecca Perkins, MD, clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University Medical Center and practicing gynecologist at BMC, presented about the updated HPV recommendations for adults.  Joyce Cohen, MPH and Adam Muir, MPH of the Division of Epidemiology at MDPH provided participants with Flu and Coronavirus updates.  Susan Lett, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Immunization Division at MDPH also presented on the recent changes to the Tdap and Pneumococcal vaccine recommendations for adults. 


All meeting materials, including presentations, can be found on the MAIC events page.
Join us for our next coalition meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Massachusetts Medical Society, 830 Winter Street, Waltham, MA.  Dinner will be provided.  If you would like to propose an agenda item for a coalition meeting, please contact Amy Sgueglia.  

Member News

Upcoming Webinar

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Initiative is hosting a webinar on Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ noon entitled Updates in ACIP Recommendations for the 2020 Childhood/Adolescent and Adult Immunization SchedulesFeatured presenters will be Mark S. Freedman, DVM, MPH and Candace L. Robinson, MD, MPH of the CDC.  

 As a result of participating in this activity, learners should be able to:
  • Describe updates to the 2020 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule (birth through 18 years)
  • Describe updates to the 2020 Adult Immunization Schedule (19 years and older)
  • Locate relevant immunization schedule resources.
The target audience includes healthcare professionals who provide immunizations to children and adolescents in Massachusetts, including Chapter pediatricians and family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, public health workers, community health center staff, and office staff who work in pediatric health care settings.

Registration for the one-hour webinar is free. Click here to register for the webinar. Continuing education is available and information can be found here.   

Questions? Please contact Cynthia McReynolds, MCAAP Immunization Initiative (; 781.895.9850).

For more information about the Immunization Inititative webinar series, please visit their website.  

Please read the information below from Korey Hoffman, Health Systems Manager at the American Cancer Society, about an new ACS initiative.

Health System are invited to Join We’re In! 2020 for HPV Cancer Prevention

Healthy People 2020 is here! This year, we are calling upon U.S. health systems to protect adolescent population health by preventing HPV cancers. Only 51% of teens are fully vaccinated against HPV cancers. We can do much better.

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable invites your organization and public health partners to join us in a national movement to prioritize and improve HPV vaccination. Sign on today for a year of learning, networking, and improving health through cancer prevention. Click here to view the slides from the January 28, 2020 launch webinar.

What is We’re In! 2020?

The We’re In! 2020 Initiative for HPV Cancer Prevention is a national movement to catalyze and support U.S. health systems in protecting adolescents from future cancers. By joining, your organization will be recognized as a cancer prevention leader among peer organizations.

We’re In! 2020 is open to any health system in the U.S. that wants to prioritize HPV vaccination, including Integrated delivery systems, community health centers, medical groups, accountable care organizations, and private practices. There is also a role to play for state health organizations, public health partners and HPV/cancer prevention coalitions.

The Healthy People HPV vaccination goal won’t be achieved by individual healthcare professionals alone. It will take the power of integrated systems, working together, to achieve national vaccination goals and protect a generation of children from HPV-diseases, including cancer.

CHECK OUT the HPV Roundtable Resource Library for HPV vaccination resources and information on the We’re In 2020 initiative.

Click here to read about this initiative in its entirety.  

Upcoming Events

PTSD – Identification Assessment & Treatment - Education Program 
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 5-7:30pm
Public Health Museum,  Tewksbury State Hospital, Tewksbury, MA 01876
Joint program between the MAPHN & MaAOHN!

25th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, Framingham, MA
Registration is now open!  

Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses - 24th Annual Conference
May 6-7, 2020
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA
Join MAPHN for their 24th annual conference.  The theme for this years conference is "Many hats of the public health nurse!"  Registration is now open.  

Mass League of Community Health Centers - 2020 Community Health Institute & Exhibit Fair
May 6-8, 2020
Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Falmouth, MA
From the website:  The League's 2020 Community Health Institute (CHI) will feature leadership development and educational sessions geared to a broad range of health center staff, including executive, clinical, financial, technical, operations, human resources, and administrative. The CHI focuses on the programmatic, operational, and health policy and regulatory issues affecting community health centers and their patients. The institute's program is designed to share both the "how to" and "future challenges" for the industry. The conference attracts over 200 attendees and 50 exhibitors.

MAIC June 2020 Meeting
Thursday, June 4, 2020, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Massachusetts Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
Dinner will be served beginning at 6pm

Have an item you would like to see featured in our spring newsletter?  Send your submissions to Amy Sgueglia .  The deadline for submissions for the next newsletter is Friday, 5/2/2020.  


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