Vision: A community protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Mission: To eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases by educating the community, advocating for evidence-based public policy and supporting immunization best practices.
TIP Programs and Services
The Immunization Partnership helps individuals, physicians and others to make smart choices about protecting their communities from vaccine-preventable diseases. Every year, roughly 3 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases worldwide, and countless more suffer life-long disabilities. TIP endeavors to prevent what's preventable. All across Texas, TIP conducts community and provider forums to educate the public on the latest in vaccine-related science and policy, advocates for evidence-based legislation, and builds the capacity of community-based immunization coalitions.
Evidence-based Legislation and Advocacy
The Immunization Partnership works to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases through evidence-based public policy. TIP staff serve as subject-matter experts for legislators and stakeholders, regularly providing legislative testimony and presenting to stakeholders at the local, state and national level. Since 2007, immunization advocates have helped pass 17 pieces of legislation to help protect Texans against vaccine-preventable diseases. Since 2011, TIP has provided 52 legislative testimonies and conducted over 800 legislative visits to advocate for evidence-based immunization policy, including multiple visits made by stakeholders during Immunization Legisltive Days at the Capitol. In 2016, TIP partners with pro-immunization parents and citizens statewide to become effective advocates in their circles of influence for evidence-based, pro-vaccine policies.
TIP's biennial town hall meetings and survey gives a voice to more than a thousand immunization stakeholders statewide, empowering participants to identify immunization issues in their community and effectively advocate on behalf of positive policy change. Since 2008, TIP has hosted 35 stakeholder meetings and distributed five statewide surveys. TIP's biennial immunization stakeholder meetings have engaged over 1400 immunization participants through its stakeholder meetings and over 1880 stakeholders through its statewide surveys. TIP's biennial report is distributed to over 1,000 immunization partners and stakeholders, and highlights recommendations for improving immunization rates in Texas. TIP follows a grassroots process that fosters community engagement, builds partnerships and serves as a catalyst for agencies to coordinate and improve immunization outcomes.
Coalition Capacity Building
In 2010, The Immunization Partnership (TIP) launched Building Coalitions across Texas (BCaT), an innovative capacity-building project designed to empower local immunization coalitions and stakeholder groups by providing coordination, collaboration and technical resources. Since 2011, TIP has worked directly with seven immunization coalitions in Texas communities, providing tools and support to help them meet their organizational and programmatic goals. TIP routinely conducts in-depth needs assessments with the coalitions to identify their strengths and successes, as well as areas for growth and improvement. TIP is committed to strengthening the capacity of Texas coalitions by providing technical assistance to local coalitions with respect to immunization education, best practices and advocacy.
Community, Provider, and Stakeholder Education
TIP’s educational forums provide medical and public health professionals and community stakeholders with evidence-based information about vaccine recommendations, past and current trends in vaccine refusal, step-by-step guides on how to address concerns from patients or parents and other useful and timely immunization information. Five provider forums were conducted in 2016 on topics including 'Preventing Pertussis' and 'Improving Immunization Rates in Your Clinic'. TIP produced three webinars in the 2016 fiscal year for coalitions and community health workers, reaching more than 500 stakeholders from across Texas.
TIP also uses the TIP Talk blog and its social media pages to promote personal pro-immunization stories and fact-based information through different media outlets. The overall goal is to promote pro-vaccine messaging focused on the necessity of the immunizations to protect the health of every Texan. Finally, The Texas Immunization Summit is TIP's biennial event, where immunization stakeholders obtain information and tools regarding immunization-centered programs, vaccine administration, education and outreach activities, epidemiology and vaccine development, and advocacy.
The Immunization Partnership serves communities throughout Texas with its education and awareness programming, and supports best practices in coalitions and clinics in over 17 counties in Texas. Through its advocacy work at the state level, The Immunization Partnership serves all Texans.