Immunization Action Coalition of Washington
Founded in 1994, the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington (IACW) works to improve the health of the community by minimizing the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases through the optimal use of immunizations across the lifespan. The IACW has over 200 organizational members representing public and private sectors throughout the State. We welcome new members and would love to hear from you! To learn more, contact us, sign up for our newsletter, or attend one of our upcoming meetings listed on our events page.
Our goals are to coordinate Statewide efforts to: provide immunizers with tools and information to implement best practices in providing immunization services; build public will to support the value of immunizations, including educating the public about vaccines and the diseases they prevent; advocate for immunization policy in Washington State that is evidence-based, ensures equitable access to immunizations, and protects communities from vaccine-preventable diseases; and provide immunization stakeholders with opportunities to network, collaborate, and share information about immunization-related news and resources.
Our 2018 priorities are to:
- Increase vaccine confidence by being a trusted source of timely information about immunizations.
- Monitor legislation and advocate for policies that promote and maintain access to immunizations.
- Improve awareness of adolescent immunizations.
- Develop data-driven resources and educational materials for providers who work with underserved communities.
Code of Conduct
Members and participants agree to support our mission and strengthen immunization efforts in Washington State that are based on evidence-based guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
The IACW is dedicated to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all members and participants regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, religion, or age. Diversity in all its forms is integral to our mission.
We invite all those who participate in the IACW to help us create a safe, positive experience for everyone. All determinations of appropriate or inappropriate behavior are at the sole discretion of the IACW Executive Committee and WithinReach. The following behaviors are requested and expected from all members and participants:
- Be courteous, respectful, and considerate of fellow members and participants.
- Encourage a collaborative environment that welcomes diversity.
- Refrain from harassing, discriminatory or derogatory speech, conduct, and materials.
- Obtain approval from the IACW prior to distributing materials at an event.
Click here to read our Member and Participant Code of Conduct in full.
In December 2017, the IACW Executive Commitee and WithinReach collectively came to the conclusion that we would replace our current structure of standing committees with project-based workgroups that meet on an ad-hoc basis.
We feel that this new model allows for better engagement, use of resources, and we can be nimble and responsive when new opportunities arise. We also hope that this new model helps us focus on continuing to develop robust and informative quarterly meetings for our members at large.
Selected presentations from recent quarterly meetings and other IACW-hosted events are available for download here.
- Vaccine Status as a Vital Sign Project & Immunizations in an Evolving Public Health Landscape | Live Recording (4/25/18)
Dr. John Merrill-Steskal, Kittitas Valley Healthcare; Kathy Lofy, Washington State Department of Health
- Hepatitis A Planning and Preparedness Slides | Live Recording (1/17/18)
Jessica Baggett, SheAnne Allen, Chas DeBolt, Washington State Department of Health; Kayla Scrivner, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department; Libby Page, Public Health – Seattle & King County
- Best Practices in Promoting College Immunizations Webinar Slides | Live Recording (9/19/17)
Leigh Wallis & Pat deHart, Washington State Department of Health; Libby Skiles, Gonzaga University; Sheryl Schwartz, University of Washington
- Global Polio Incidence & the New Initiative to Establish AFM Surveillance in the US—Plus, Mumps! (10/19/16)
Chas DeBolt, Washington State Department of Health
- Influenza Surveillance Update (10/19/16)
Vivian Hawkins, Washington State Department of Health
- Mobile Immunization Clinics: Innovative Approaches to the School Health-Public Health Continuum (7/20/16)
Alexandra Hayes, Spokane Regional Health District
- Let’s Get Out of the Office: Expanding the Role of Private Providers to Meet Community Needs (7/20/16)
Carolyn Cook, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
- Improving Adolescent Immunizations Through School Based Health Centers (7/20/16)
Sara Rigel, Public Health – Seattle & King County