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NILE Webinars

Each month Immunize Nevada organizes webinars focused on multiple immunization-related topics and trends. Dozens of providers from throughout the country attend during lunchtime to earn continuing education credits at no cost.

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- COVID-19: Vaccines, Myths & Implications for Pregnancy, Breast and Chest Feeding, and Gained Data From SET-NET Project

Program:

This webinar will focus on COVID-19 in three parts:

The first part of the presentation will provide a general overview and discussion of COVID-19 and Pregnancy presented by Sarah Jane Smith, MPH, MA, including:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy outcomes
  • The burden of COVID-19 and health disparities
  • The science behind the safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine while Pregnant, Breast or Chest Feeding
  • Reasons to vaccinate during pregnancy; including the benefits for pregnant persons and infants
  • Pregnancy-related vaccine myths and frequently asked questions

The second part will provide a general overview of the collaborative project of Surveillance of Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies (SET-NET) presented by Jaimee Maranon, MS, and Natasha Nyquist-Smith, MPH:

  • The overview of the SET-NET project
  • The sampling distribution in Nevada
  • The trimester of COVID-19 diagnosis
  • Current birthing trends of the sampled cases
  • COVID-19 race and ethnicity distribution
  • Overview of the vaccination status in our sample population

The final part will be a facilitated Question and Answer Period with attendees by Dr. Jackson.

Featured Presenters

Sarah Jane Smith, MPH, MA

Sarah Jane Smith, MPH, MA

Sarah Jane Smith is a Health Equity Project Manager with the CDC Foundation, supporting the Nevada State Immunization and Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health sections.
Jaimee Maranon, MS

Jaimee Maranon, MS

Jaimee Maranon is one of the disease control specialists at the High Sierra Area Health Education Center. She has her Master's in Science in Nutrition and Health Performance from Logan University and a bachelor’s in Science in Biology and Nutrition from Nevada, Reno. She loves making an impact on her community by using gained knowledge in educating others.
Natasha Nyquist-Smith, MPH

Natasha Nyquist-Smith, MPH

Natasha received a BS in Community Health, and her MPH from the University of Nevada, Reno, has her CPH and CHW certifications. Natasha is a Disease Control Specialist with High Sierra AHEC in the Surveillance of Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies (SET-NET) project
David N. Jackson, MD

David N. Jackson, MD

Dr. David N. Jackson is a clinical MFM consultant for the High-Risk Pregnancy Center in Las Vegas. He has been an educator in academic medicine for 30 years and was recently the Program Director for the OB/GYN residency at UNLV School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Jackson was recently Ob-Gyn Chair at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. One success was beginning a post-partum vaccine program.

2022 Webinars

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- Overview for Parents and Caregiver: The COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs including Children Living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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- Influenza Immunization in Children & Families: Challenges and Best Practices

Influenza Immunization in Children & Families: Challenges and Best Practices, presented by Michelle Hoffman, MD, FAAP

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- COVID-19 Vaccine for Children with Special Health Care Needs including Children Living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

An Overview for Healthcare Providers: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children with Special Health Care Needs including Children Living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, presented by Sarah Jane Smith, MPH, MA and Vanessa Slots, M.D.

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- An Overview for Parents and Caregivers Considering the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children (5 - 11)

Program: 

This webinar will provide parents and caregivers with an overview of the COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5-11. Together, we’ll discuss: the risks vs. the benefits of vaccinating your children against COVID-19, the impact COVID-19 has had on children, and the safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine. We’ll also go over how to prepare your child for the COVID-19 vaccine before, during, and after; discuss federal guidelines for vaccinating children; as well as evidence-based ways of preventing the spread of COVID-19 to protect your child, family, and community. We’ll end with addressing Frequently Asked Questions from parents and caregivers, and review resources for where you can get your child vaccinated free of charge.



Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this webinar, parents/caregivers will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
  • Know how to prepare their child for the COVID-19 Vaccine, including what to expect during and after the vaccine
  • Understand ways to protect their child, family, and community from COVID-19

2021 Webinars

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- Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Response, presented by Susan Vilardi, RN and Bri Gill, MPH
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- The Basics of mRNA Vaccines and Effectiveness, presented by Deborah Keil, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABT, NRCC
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- Storage and Handling of COVID-19 Vaccines, presented by Pamela Forest, MD
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- A Global Update and Strategies for Avoiding the "Twindemic," presented by L.J Tan, MS, PhD
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- COVID-19 and Delta Variant: Facts vs Misinformation, presented by Katrine Wallace, PhD MS
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- The State of the Pandemic: Where do we stand and where do we go from here?, presented by Andrea Love, PhD & Jessica Steier, DrPH, PMP

During this presentation, the co-hosts of Unbiased Science (public health scientist, Dr. Jessica Steier, and immunologist/microbiologist, Dr. Andrea Love) will discuss new and emerging data regarding the Delta variant, as well as risks for future mutations. They will also discuss common vaccine myths and the evidence to debunk those myths, as well as ways to have conversations with vaccine-hesitant people in healthcare settings. 

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- Working with the Successes of HPV Vaccine in a Time of Rising Vaccine Hesitancy, presented by Richard Moriarty, MD, FAAP

In this session, we will briefly review human papillomavirus, its transmission, the cancers that it causes, the HPV vaccine, and the reasons for the vaccine's recommendation. We will show that the vaccine is safe, effective, and long-lasting. We will look at current rates of HPV immunization, discuss reasons why the rates need to be improved, and examine strategies that have helped increased HPV vaccine uptake. We will also examine reasons for vaccine hesitancy and discuss office strategies that can counter hesitancy. We will provide useful references and training materials that can help improve vaccine confidence in your practices.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the CDC/ACIP HPV Vaccine recommendations for pre-teens and adolescents
- Describe the current status of HPV-related disease and vaccination efforts
- Learn how to create a culture of immunization in your practice
- Understand the resources and materials available to help your practices

Continuing Education Information:

This program offers one free CEU for nurses, Nevada pharmacists, and CHWs, upon completion of the post-webinar survey.

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- Let's Talk About Vaccines: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy presented by: Sheila L Palevsky MD MPH FAAP
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- Meningitis B: Meningitis B: What You Need to Know To Increase MenB Vaccination Rates in Nevada presented by: Alicia Stillman, MPH and Patti Wukovits, BSN, RN

Meningitis B accounts for 70% of meningococcal disease cases among 16-23-year-olds and 100% of all meningococcal disease outbreaks on college campuses in the US since 2011. However, 78.2% of 17-year-olds have not received ≥1 dose of the MenB vaccine. Adolescent vaccination rates are likely to have dropped further during the COVID-19 pandemic, putting young adults and communities at risk. During this session, Patti Wukovits, RN and Alicia Stillman, two mothers who each lost their young, healthy daughters to Meningitis B, will share their personal stories, key considerations and best practices to improve Meningitis B vaccine uptake in Nevada.

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- Head and Neck Cancer Screening, Treatment, Rehabilitation & Prevention: A Panel Discussion for Health Professionals presented by: Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS, Abhinand V Peddada, MD, Michael West, Lisa Morris, MS CCC-SLP, and Breanne Van Dyne

Join Immunize Nevada and our partners at the Nevada Cancer Coalition for a panel discussion in recognition of Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. Featuring Nevada-based health professionals, this virtual event will explore head and neck cancer screening, treatment, recovery, and prevention, and includes powerful testimony from a survivor of HPV-attributed stage IV throat cancer.

Learning Objectives:

- Identify the critical role that dental hygienists may play in head and neck cancer education, screening and vaccinations
- Discuss treatment and side effects for head and neck cancers
- Discuss the impact speech therapy intervention can have on outcomes for head and neck cancer patients and what speech therapy treatment involves
- Discuss the importance of vaccination in preventing cancers caused by HPV

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- How Politicization and Disinformation Impacted the Mitigation of COVID-19 presented by: Norman Wright, RN, BSN, MS

COVID-19 deaths in the United States are disproportionately high in comparison to other industrialized nations. With a population of just over 3 million, Nevada’s COVID-19 total death toll stands at 4,522 as of February 8, 2021, equaling 1,468 deaths per million individuals in our state. Comparatively, the country of Japan, with a population of over 126 million, cites 6,395 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, or only 51 (fifty-one) deaths per million people. Why is this so?

Using a “just the facts” approach, reasons for the disparity will be discussed. Conspiracy theories, disinformation and propaganda promoting false cures, anti-mask and anti-vaccination movements will also be reviewed.

Use of the Nursing Process and critical thinking to separate fact from fiction will be explored with the goal of finding ways we can unify to practice good public health measures and defeat Sars-CoV-2, a virus that has been ravaging our state and nation for the past year.

Ample time for discussion will be provided to maximize participant engagement.

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- The Vaccine Mom Presents: Parents and Vaccines - The Roles Emotional Decision Making and Rejection of Science Play in Vaccine Hesitancy presented by: Taryn Chapman, MS

2020 Webinars

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- Influenza Vaccination: Opportunities for Pharmacists as Patient Advocates, Educators, and Administrators
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- The Critical Importance of Flu Prevention: Insights from a Mother Whose Daughter Almost Didn't Survive

Join us for SUPER NILE!
Immunize Nevada will be hosting FOUR flu-focused NILE webinars during the week of September 21-25 at 12:00PM PST.
Enjoy your lunch as you expand your knowledge about influenza from some of the top immunization experts in the country!

Friday, September 25, 2020
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The Critical Importance of Flu Prevention: Insights from a Mother Whose Daughter Almost Didn't Survive

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- Challenges of Influenza Vaccination During the COVID-19

Join us for SUPER NILE!
Immunize Nevada will be hosting FOUR flu-focused NILE webinars during the week of September 21-25 at 12:00PM PST.
Enjoy your lunch as you expand your knowledge about influenza from some of the top immunization experts in the country!

12:00-1:00PM PST
Challenges of Influenza Vaccination During the COVID-19
Pandemic: Racial and Ethnic Disparities

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- Communicating with Pregnant Women About Flu and Tdap Vaccinations

Join us for SUPER NILE!
Immunize Nevada will be hosting FOUR flu-focused NILE webinars during the week of September 21-25 at 12:00PM PST.
Enjoy your lunch as you expand your knowledge about influenza from some of the top immunization experts in the country!

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- How Our State Can Increase Flu Vaccine Uptake

Immunize Nevada will be hosting FOUR flu-focused NILE webinars during the week of September 21-25 at 12:00PM PST.
Enjoy your lunch as you expand your knowledge about influenza from some of the top immunization experts in the country!

Each webinar will offer one CEU for Nursing and Pharmacy upon the completion of the post-event survey. 

Monday, September 21, 2020
12:00-1:00PM PST

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- September Super NILE

September 21, 2020 - 2020-21 Flu Season Kick-Off in Nevada: Lessons from Last Season and How Our State Can Increase Flu Vaccine Uptake

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- Addressing Parental Vaccination Concerns and Maintaining Immunization Rates in the Midst of COVID-19

August 25, 2020 - Addressing Parental Vaccination Concerns and Maintaining Immunization Rates in the Midst of COVID-19

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- Reducing Missed Opportunities and Making Strong Recommendations for HPV Vaccination
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- WIC NILE Webinar: Vaccines, The Families You Serve, and You: The Basics
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- NILE Webinar – Special Edition: Managing an Acute Psychiatric Crisis in a Private Practice Setting
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- COVID-19 and Mental Health: Recognizing and Addressing Mental Health Issues in Youth
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- An Old Friend is Back: The “What” and “Why” of Pertussis Reemergence

2019 Webinars

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- HPV Vaccine Promotion: How to Effectively Use the Announcement Approach
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- Healthcare Professionals and the Flu Vaccine: Best Practices for Reaching Healthy People 2020 Goals
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- HPV and the Oral Health Setting: The Role Dental Professionals Play in Preventing Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancers
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- Communications to Build Vaccine Confidence in Communities
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- MMR Recommendations During the 2019 U.S. Measles Outbreaks
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- 10 Ways to Create a Culture of Immunization Within Your Pediatric Practice
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- Vaccines to Mitigate Risk During Travel
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- Death of Evidence: Implications for Immunization
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- Maternal Immunization: Research to Practice & Making a Strong Recommendation
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- Social Networking for Disease Prevention
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- MenB: Why It Matters and How You Can Help

2018 Webinars

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- Connecting with Communities: How Can We Help?
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- How to Make a Strong Flu Vaccine Recommendation
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- Strategies for Improving Immunization Coverage Rates
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- Immunization for Cancer Survivors
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- Why Meningitis Prevent Matters
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- Provider Education: A key paradigm of raising HPV immunization rates
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- Updated Vaccine Requirements for Childcare Enrollment in Nevada
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- Alternate Vaccines Schedules – What’s the big deal?
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- Can't I just rely on herd immunity? Why measles vaccination is always best for children.
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- Session 4 - Nevada Web IZ: Adult Immunization Improvement Project
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- Session 3 - Pneumococcal Vaccines for Adults
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- Session 2 - Adult Immunizations
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- Adult Immunization Summit - Session 1 - Pharmacists Role within the Immunization Neighborhood

2017 Webinars

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- Navigating Vaccine Hesitancy
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- Protecting Older Adults from Seasonal Influenza: Addressing the Challenges and Understanding Immunization Options
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- The FluFIT Program: A Pathway to Higher CRC Screening Rates in Primary Care and Integrated Health Systems
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- Notifiable Diseases in Nevada and Washoe County