The Immunization Task Force - Metro Omaha is a non-profit coalition dedicated to educating the public & healthcare providers about immunizations.

Spirit of Advocacy Award

The Spirit of Advocacy Award was designed by the Immunization Task Force Metro Omaha to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated exceptional public service and dedication to improving public health through immunization advocacy in their community.  Award criteria and nomination information can be found on the nomination form located here. Self-nominations are welcome, or you may submit an application for a deserving individual.

Spirit of Advocacy Award


2016 Award Recipients: CHI Health Florence Residency Clinic

Entire clinic team with immunization project lead by Dr. Rafiq, Dr. Greene, Dr. Mullick, Dr. Guzman, Dr. Desai and Tanya Howard

This group of physicians, residents, medical assistants, nurses and interpreters have identified HPV and pneumococcal as vaccines with low national and local completion rates and implemented many strategies to increase rates in their populations. As a strong team they addressed the HPV and pneumococcal vaccine, as well as vaccines for their pregnant patients. They set clear rules for vaccine communication, reinforced stressing the vaccines at clinic huddles held twice daily, sent reminder vaccination letters to patients in their native languages, and completed pre-visiting planning and screening for all patient visits including sick and well visits. The plan was implemented in August of 2015 and rates of vaccination as of March 2016 showed dramatic improvement increasing vaccination rates for HPV from 15% to 77% of patients and pneumococcal from 14% to over 70%  of patients.

Pictured: Dr. Greene, Dr. Guzman, Dr. Mullick, Tanya Howard, Dr. Rafiq, Jonathan Bakyaw, Sui Za Len, and Dr. Guzman


2015 Award Recipients: Boys Town National Research Hospital Pediatric Clinic

Anne Mai, Deb Cunningham, Olivia Cargas, Carol Schaal, Betsy Becker and Allie Jepsen (nurse tech)

This group of nurses has identified HPV as a vaccine with low national completion rates and implemented many strategies to increase rates in their populations. They checked NESIIS and IRIS for each patient and entered standing orders for vaccine completion into EHR charts and called all parents/guardians of the patients to make appropriate appointments. This drove their completion rates for their patients up to 62% as of December 2014 and will continue to work on this quality improvement project which was nurse driven in 2015.


Pictured: Deb Cunningham, Anne Mai and Olivia Vargas


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