2017 Meeting Recap & Highlights

Thank You for Joining Us!

About The Community Meeting:

Immunize Nevada holds a general community meeting on the first Thursday of every month from 8:30 - 10am. Attendees are welcome to arrive at 8am for networking and refreshments. Each meeting features updates from the Nevada State Immunization Program, Partner News, Networking and an Educational Presentation. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with local partners, exchange ideas and learn about vaccine & health related topics.

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 8 a.m.

Meeting Locations:

  • Las Vegas: United Way of Southern Nevada, 5830 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Flamingo & Jones)
  • Reno: Innevation Center at 450 Sinclair St, Reno, NV 89501 (Liberty and Sinclair St)

April Meeting Recap


Announcements and Updates:

  • Carson City health and human services have reported 5 cases of pertussis and are working with the media and the state to update the communities. Immunize Nevada will send 3,000 postcards to Douglas and Lyon County, and are expected to go out next week.
  • Immunize Nevada host a screening of the Hilleman documentary later this year. Date will be determined soon.
  • Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities is planning a Remote Area Medical (RAM) event on September 29th. More details to come. Contact Sharon Zadra at szadra@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in helping organize the event.
  • Saturday June 3rd is the Summer Safety Splash Event 12pm - 4 pm at Walnut Water Park 3075 North Walnut Road, Las Vegas, NV 89115. 
  • THNK has sexual health resource guides available. Contact Anne at scully@SNHDMAIL.ORG for more information.

Adult Immunization Task Force:

  • Our next web-based quarterly meeting will be May 19, 2017 at 9:00 am.
  • Heidi Parker will present a poster describing our efforts at the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit held on May 9-11 in Atlanta Georgia.

March Meeting Recap


  • Speakers:
    • Immunize Nevada Advocacy Update: Immunize Nevada is sending a letter to Nevada's Congressional delegation about the importance of vaccines and public health funding under the Prevention and Public Health Fund. For more ionformation about advocay items, you can visit the advocacy committee page. If you are interested in future healthcare-related Advocay Action alerts, please notify Heidi at heidi@immunizenevada.org.
      • Las Vegas: Mary Skau, Communication Manager, Immunize Nevada
      • Reno: Heidi Parker, Executive Director, Immunize Nevada
    • 2017 Strategic Plan & Get Involved Open House: Partners were given an overview of the 2017 Strategic Plan that outlines our goals, objectives, outcomes, action steps, and measures to communitcate our progress as a coalition. Partners moved through a series of stations representing the Immunize Nevada committees to learn more about each committee and find out if it would be a good fit for them. For more information visit the committee pages below:
  • March Meeting Report
  • March Agenda

Announcements & Updates:

  • Silver Syringe Tickets are on sale now! Registration deadline is April 7th ! For tickets, sponsorships and more information visit www.immunizenevada.org/silversyringe.
  • The Nevada Health Conference is scheduled for November 13-14 at Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas. Sponsor early bird rate ends 3/31! View sponsorship information here.
  • The Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral health is the formative stages of developing the Positive Youth Development (YPD) coalition with aims to engage youth along with their families, communities, and/or governments so that youth are empowered to reach their full potential. PYD approaches build skills, assets and competencies; foster healthy relationships; strengthen the environment; and transform systems. For more information, you can contact Lisa Godenick at lgodenick@health.nv.gov
  • The 16th Annual Nevada Child Abuse Prevention & Safety Conference "Promoting Mindful Approaches to Strengthen Families & Communities" is taking place June 8, 2017. Visit www.preventchildabusenevada.org for more info. 
  • April 7th is Go Blue Day! Wear blue to show your support for all children and their right to a great childhood, because children are Nevada's future.
  • The Healthy Start Program operated by Southern Nevada Health District is accepting clients for the free program. Call 702-759-0872 for more info. 

Adult Immunization Task Force:

  • Opportunities to support current adult immunization projects underway by partners were discussed. The provider outreach toolkit was reviewed. 
  • We would like to congratulate Kristy Zigenis for starting her new role as adult immunization coordinator! We are happy to have you!

February Meeting Recap


  • Speakers:
    • Health Advocacy Presenters: Our presenters shared information about how Planned Parenthood advocates for their work, and provided an update on how the federal funding loss could impact local services.
      • Las Vegas: Samantha Fredrickson, Public Affairs Manager, Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada.
      • Reno: Daela Gibson, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
    • Immunization Advocacy Update: The legislative session is underway and you can sign up for emails by notifying Heidi at heidi@immunizenevada.org. We are also raising awareness that Preventative Public Health Funds (PPHF) can be cut if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.
      • Las Vegas: Heidi Parker, Executive Director, Immunize Nevada
      • Reno: Mary Skau, Communications Manager Immunize Nevada
  • February Meeting Agenda
  • February Meeting Report

Announcements & Updates:

  • Silver Syringe Tickets are on sale now! Sponsorship deadline is March 3rd! For tickets, sponsorships and more information visit www.immunizenevada.org/silversyringe
  • The Nevada State Immunization Program has hired a new Immunization Section Manager, Shannon Bennett. You can reach her via her office phone at 775.684.2225 or sbennett@health.nv.gov
  • SNHD's Healthy Start Program would like to recruit pregnant women to join their program. More information here
  • Rawson Neal Hospital will be providing free flu vaccines to the public on February 21-23 at 1650 Community College Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89146. All are welcome! Visit our calendar for details. 
  • THNK has two upcoming events:
    • Movie Night for Youth, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. The movie is "The Space Between us" at Regal Texas Station, Stadium 18, 2101 Texas Star Ln., North Las Vegas NV 89032. RSVP to rfnurteenpreg@snhdmail.org. First 100 to RSVP will get a free drink and small popcorn.
    • Youth Access Day coming up called “Test Fest: Don’t Test Your Luck!” on March 11th from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The Center. This is also a youth exclusive event. There will be free food, testing services, contraceptive services, games and music!
  • Amendments to Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 441A.755 were adopted by the State Board of Health on September 9th, 2016 and affirmed by the Nevada Secretary of State's office on November 2nd, 2016. These amendments will require that all Nevada 7th graders and college freshman receive their quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) in order to attend school.  As noted below, the new requirement will go into effect beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The exact language of the new vaccination requirement may be found here. 

Adult Immunization Task Force:

  • The new Adult Immunization Coordinator is expected to start on February 27. In March, we will share best practices for provider outreach.