In preparation for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Immunize Nevada is tasked with developing a best-practice immunization billing program for school and community clinic vaccinations. This program adds a project contractor, two additional staff positions and creates a revenue stream to meet community needs. Due to programmatic growth, organizational needs and physical space considerations, Immunize Nevada is applying for its 501c3 designation, with a targeted completion date of June 30. Over the last 17 years, the evolution of Immunize Nevada has included steady, strategic and visionary growth, overseen by a strong steering committee. Becoming a nonprofit organization is key to ensuring Immunize Nevada’s fiscal and organizational future.
In 2010, the name was changed to better reflect the mission and to be consistent with similarly named statewide coalitions in the region. Expanded activities of advocacy, provider education, and outreach on a statewide level increased the visibility and presence of Immunize Nevada. In 2012, fiscal sponsor changes with the Saint Mary’s Foundation prompted consideration of a merger with NNIC. La Piana Consulting was hired to facilitate the merger, which was successfully completed May of 2012. As a result, Immunize Nevada grew to four full-time staff members, funding increased by 122% and new fiscal sponsorship was provided by the Community Health Alliance.
Nevada Immunization Coalition (NIC)
Developed in response to the Nevada State Health Division Immunization Strategic Plan, NIC’s goals were advocacy, provider education, and outreach on a statewide level. A grant from The Fund for a Healthy Nevada enabled NIC to hire an Executive Director and a Statewide Program Manager that provided staff support to both NNIC and its southern counterpart, the Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition (SNIC); as well as an Executive Director for SNIC, their first paid staff member. SNIC was also fiscally sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Foundation until 2009, when they became sponsored by HealthInsight in Las Vegas.
Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition (NNIC)
In fall of 2002, NNIC became fiscally sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Foundation and the first paid Program Manager was hired with a grant from the John Ben Snow Foundation. The organization name was changed to reflect the expanded scope of the coalition to include thirteen counties: Washoe, Carson, Storey, Lyon, Douglas, Humboldt, Pershing, Churchill, Mineral, Lander, Eureka, Elko, and White Pine. Organization goals were to develop an effective structure, awareness and education of immunization activities, and advocate for policy changes. An Executive Director was hired in 2009.
Washoe County Coalition for Childhood Immunizations (WCIC)1995-2002
In 1995, the WCIC was formed by the Washoe County District Health Department to increase immunization rates in children aged 0-2 years of age, and in response to the national measles outbreak between years 1989-1991. This public-private, volunteer-led partnership included organizations, agencies, business leaders and concerned citizens. Organization goals were education, using the State of Nevada immunization registry and increased media awareness. As WCIC grew, it was expanded to include adolescent and adult populations.