The Increasing Immunization Rates through Obstetrician-Gynecologist Partnerships project is a four-year, CDC-funded cooperative agreement aimed at reducing barriers and improving adult immunizations in pregnant and non-pregnant populations. As an immunization champion in this demonstration project, you are helping ACOG create and improve resources that will benefit other ob-gyns as they improve their immunization programs and create a culture of immunization.
This project will be implemented in two phases. In the demonstration phase (first three years of the project), ACOG will work with you as the immunization champion in your practice to implement key strategies to improve your immunization program, including: making a strong recommendation for needed immunizations, improving assessment and documentation of patient immunizations, and improving linkages to outside providers (e.g., pharmacies, health clinics) to make referrals for immunizations the practice does not stock. ACOG will provide targeted resources, training and coaching, along with incentives for accomplishing project milestones. ACOG will sponsor a Learning Lab and other networking opportunities for you to share successes, challenges, and ideas with each other.
In the dissemination phase (fourth year of the project) ACOG will disseminate tools and resources for achieving immunization “best practices” to all ACOG members and other health care providers and other stakeholders. These resources will be compiled based feedback from you in the demonstration phase and further tested and refined through focus groups, questionnaires, District meetings presentations, and expert input, etc.
As participants in this project, champions are expected to:
Below are some resources you may find helpful as you discuss with your practice partners and staff ways to improve your immunization program. If you are a looking for a resource that you don’t see here, let us know and we will help you find it.
CDC Pink Book – Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
The updated and redesigned Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit for health care providers and other interested health care professionals is now available on CDC’s website. This helpful resource provides best practices related to vaccine storage and handling based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), product information from vaccine manufacturers, and scientific studies.
Visit the ACOG Continuing Medical Education page for opportunities for Continuing Medical Education credits. Free CE for nurses and other health care professionals are available.
CDC Pink Book Webinar Series – Weekly webinars available for credit
Maternal Vaccination - What vaccines are recommended before, during, and after pregnancy. A resource for providers.
http://immunizationforwomen.org/patients - Please feel free to add this link to your website as a resource for your patients.
CDC-INFO on Demand - Order or download books, fact sheets, pamphlets, and educational materials
Pneumococcal Vaccine Timing - For Adults - Resource from the California Department of Public Health
Pneumococcal Vaccine Timing - For Adults - Resource from the Connecticut Immunization Coalition
Correct coding helps ensure that a practice receives payment for vaccines given to patients. ACOG has published an updated coding guide solely focused on immunizations: Immunization Coding for Obstetrician-Gynecologists 2016 published June 2016.
ACOG Fellows and their staff will be able to submit specific OB/GYN coding questions to ACOG Coding Assistance by registering for our New Ticket Database at https://acogcoding.freshdesk.com.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC)? The MAIC is a collaborative partnership dedicated to increasing adult immunization through education, networking, and sharing innovative and best practices. There are currently over 200 members from a variety of public and private organizations. MAIC meets 3-4 times a year to discuss and strategize around issues such as targeted approaches to increase adult immunization rates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the supply of publicly and privately purchased vaccine; immunization activities; surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases; analysis of the flu season; and planning for a potential influenza pandemic. Sign up online and you will receive email updates about meetings, topics of interest, and other related news.
Using Standing Orders for Administering Vaccines: What you Should Know. From Immunization Action Coalition
Kissin DM, Power ML, Kahn EB, Williams JL, Jamieson DJ, MacFarlane K, SchulkinJ, Zhang Y, Callaghan WM. Attitudes and practices of obstetrician-gynecologists regarding influenza vaccination in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Nov;118(5):1074-80.
Eckert, Anderson, Gonik, and Schulkin. Reporting Vaccine Complications: What Do Ob-gyns Know about the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System? Infectious Diseases in Ob-gyn. 2013.
Poland, Shefer, McCauley et. al. Standards for Adult Immunization Practices.American J of Preventive Medicine.