WSPA's Own Given Honorable Mention by National Adult and Influenza Summit
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Posted by: Kathleen Goodner
The WSPA is excited to announce that WSPA staff member, Jenny Arnold, Pharm.D., was awarded Honorable Mention under the Adult Immunization Champion category of the 2014 Immunization Excellence Awards by the National Adult and Influenza Summit!
These awards recognize the value and extraordinary contributions of individuals and organizations towards improved adult, adolescent, and/or childhood vaccination rates within their communities during the past year. The awards will be presented during the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, May 14, 2014.
There are five categories of recognition: overall influenza season activities, healthcare personnelcampaign, “immunization neighborhood” champion, corporate campaign, and adult immunization champion. Nominees were evaluated based on the areas of impact, originality, challenges, opportunities,collaboration, coordination and communication with partners and stakeholders.
Jenny Arnold, PharmD, is a leader and a catalyst for immunization in Washington. Her work has increased access for adult vaccines and strengthened adult vaccine delivery system in the state. Her enthusiasm for vaccinations is infectious and tireless. Her willingness to go above and beyond was demonstrated by her efforts to secure no cost immunizations for childcare providers and migrant farm workers at their worksites, and advocating for connecting the Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS) to the state Health Care Exchange. She serves on the Washington Governor’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, and has been an active member of the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington (IACW) since June 2009, supporting efforts to promote immunization through public communication, provider education, and policy advocacy. As chair of the Adult Immunization Committee in 2012-2013, she led the planning for a multi-sector Adult Immunization Leadership Summit and participated in the development of a toolkit to support immunization programs for healthcare providers. In 2014, She stepped into the role of Coalition Chair, the first pharmacist to hold the position. Through the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), Jenny has led and facilitated its work to increase the types of adult vaccines provided by pharmacies, the number of pharmacies billing for adult vaccinations, and the number of pharmacies using the Washington State IIS.
(Read the press release)