About Us


Mission Statement

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.

Stakeholder Engagement

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. 

Areas Served

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.

Anna C. Dragsbaek, JD PRESIDENT/CEO

AnnaDragsbaekPhoto (1)Anna C. Dragsbaek became aware of the critical role that vaccines play in the health of a community when she worked in a rural hospital as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Watching children suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as tetanus, measles and polio, was an experience that left a deep impression on Anna.

Later, Anna lived in China where she again witnessed people suffering from vaccine-preventable diseases, including severe influenza. Upon returning to the United States and settling in Houston, Anna pursued her law degree, specializing in public health law at the University of Houston Law Center, which was a natural progression from her undergraduate degree in social work from Marquette University.

While completing her law degree, Anna worked as Manager of the Immunization Project at Texas Children's Hospital where she focused on implementing projects to boost immunization rates and on analyzing immunization law and policies.

As the President/CEO of the Immunization Partnership, Anna looks forward to working with partners to ensure that all communities are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. "In a community where we have top-class medical facilities and a dedication to preserving health, we can and should be the leaders in achieving and sustaining high immunization levels. Our community, our neighborhoods and our families are worth it."

Anna is very committed to the local and international community, holding past and present board positions on the American Immunization Registry Association, The Confederation of Meningitis Organizations and the Texas Lyceum. Anna also volunteers as a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor and specializes in the Citizenship Merit badges. Anna is the proud parent of two boys, who are both fully immunized.

Meet the TIP Team

Julie Comiskey
Chief Development Officer
jcomiskey@immunizeUSA.org

Angiela M. Zielinski, MSW, CSWM
Chief Operations Officer
azielinski@immunizeUSA.org

Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, PhD, MPH
San Antonio Program Director 
callegrini@immunizeusa.org 

Rekha Lakshmanan, MHA 
Director of Advocacy and Public Policy
rlakshmanan@immunizeUSA.org

Robyn Carlyle, MPH, CHWI
Education Program Manager
rcarlyle@immunizeUSA.org

Carrie Fitch
Development Assistant 
cfitch@immunizeUSA.org

Executive Committee

Board Chair

Catherine Mitchell

Chief Operations Officer

Amerigroup

Incoming Chair

Stanley Spinner, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Texas Children’s Pediatrics

Past Chair

Kevin Burns

EVP/CFO/CBO

The Methodist Hospital System

Legal Chair

Lynn Sessions, JD

Attorney

BakerHostetler

Finance Chair

Holly Elliot

Vice President, Chief Operations Officer

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

Secretary

Meghan Blanton

Communications & Events Manager

The Methodist Hospital System

Directors

Beth Colle

Attorney

Partner, Ernst & Young

Allison Connally

Community Volunteer

Selby DeVault

Sr. Government Affairs Representative

The Williams Companies

Kimi Gordy

Healthcare Attorney

Nicci Greeley, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician

Texas Children's Pediatrics

Eric Haufrect, MD

OB/GYN

Med Center OB/GYN, LLP

Vicky Illanne

Regional Director of Pharmacy

H-E-B Houston Region

Brooke McNeil

Sr. Tax Manager

Deloitte

Melanie E. Mouzoon, MD

Managing Physician, Immunization Practices

Kelsey-Seybold

John Onstott

Director of Public Relations

Dignity Memorial - Houston Market

Peggy Smith, PhD

Director and Professor

Baylor Teen Health Clinic

Carter Stern

Associate

Johnson, Trent, West & Taylor

Erich M. Sturgis, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Susan Wootton, MD

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

UT Health Science Center & Memorial Hermann

Jim Zucker, JD

Partner

Yetter Coleman LLP

Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD

Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of MedicineProfessor, Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & MicrobiologyHead, Section of Pediatric Tropical MedicineTexas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical PediatricsDirector, Sabin Vaccine Institute Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine DevelopmentPresident, Sabin Vaccine InstituteBaker Institute Fellow in Disease and Poverty, Rice UniversityCo-Editor-in-Chief, PLoS Neglected Tropical Baylor College of Medicine

    Co-Chairs

  • Julie A. Boom, MD

    Texas Children's Hospital - Houston

  • Lindy McGee, MD

    Pediatrics Around the Bend - Houston

  • Melanie Mouzoon, MD

    Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Houston


  • Members

  • Ari Brown, MD

    411 Pediatrics - Austin

  • Wendy Chung, MD

    Dallas County Health and Human Services - Dallas

  • Michele Curtis, MD

    University of Texas Medical School - Houston

  • Jennifer Dietrich, MD

    Baylor College of Medicine - Houston

  • Desiree Evans, MD

    Texas Children's Pediatrics - Cullen

  • Mark Farrior, MD

    Texas Children's Pediatrics - Humble

  • W. Paul Glezen, MD

    Baylor College of Medicine - Houston

  • Cheryl Hardin, MD

    Texas Children's Pediatrics - Houston

  • C. Mary Healy, MD

    Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital - Houston

  • Atoosa Kourosh, MD

    Children's Medical Center - Dallas

  • Flor Munoz, MD

    Baylor College of Medicine - Houston

  • Donald Murphey, MD

    Cook Children's Medical Center - Fort Worth

  • Chris Pielop, MD

    Blue Fish Pediatrics - Houston

  • Pablo Sanchez, MD

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas

  • Joshua Septimus, MD

    Weill Cornell

  • Grace B. Villareal, MD

    Baylor College of Medicine - Houston

Members

  • Donna Alexander

    DGA Healthcare Consulting

  • Robert Austin, MD

    R. J. Austin Consulting

  • D. Glenn Baird

    Amegy Bank of Texas

  • Robert Baker

    Rotary Club

  • Barron Bogatto

    Jackson Walker L.L.P.

  • Marc Boom, MD

    The Methodist Hospital

  • Julie Boom, MD

    Texas Children's Hospital

  • Vicki Brentin

    Rotary Club

  • Lauren Burke

    Community Volunteer

  • Craig Cordola

    Memorial Hermann – TX Medical Center Campus

  • Jacquelyn Cox

    RIO Advisors, LP

  • Mary des Vignes-Kendrick, MD

    Fort Bend County 's Public Health Authority

  • Kim Cotner David

    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Susie Distefano

    Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

  • Chet Fenner

    BMC Software

  • Melinda Grady

    CHI St. Luke's Health

  • Patricia Gray

    University of Houston Law Center

  • Cheryl Hardin, MD

    Texas Children's Pediatrics

  • Susan Feigin Harris

    BakerHostetler, LLP

  • Erin Holsinger, MD

    Texas Children's Pediatrics

  • Therese Hoyle

    Hoyle Consulting

  • James Hoyle, MD

    Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

  • Joe Lastinger

    Families Fighting Flu

  • Todd Litton

    Citizen Schools

  • Catherine McCoin

    Junior League of Houston

  • Ginnie McConn

    Community Volunteer

  • Aileen McCormick

    Amerigroup

  • Barbara McCormick

    Community Volunteer

  • John McKeever

    Gelb, an Endeavor Managment Company

  • Flor Munoz-Rivas, MD

    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Andrew Pikoff

    Pikoff team with Keller Williams Realty

  • Anna Rotman

    Yetter Coleman

  • Sunny Sharma

    Sunbelt Medical Group

  • Kay Tittle

    Texas Children's Pediatrics

  • Tamara Turk

    Deloitte LLP

  • Barry L. Zeitz, MD

    Texas Children's Pediatrics

Members

  • Julie A. Boom, MD

    Texas Children's Hospital - Houston

  • Maria Elena Bottazzi, MD

    Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development

  • William Decker, PhD

    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Hunter Hammill, MD

    Women's Hospital of Texas

  • Albert Karam, MD

    Pediatrician

  • Lindy McGee, MD

    Pediatrics Around the Bend - Houston

  • Melanie Mouzoon, MD

    Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Houston

  • Donald Murphy, MD

    Cook Children's

  • Sandra Parker, MD

    Family Practitioner

  • Stanley Spinner, MD

    Texas Children’s Pediatrics

  • Susan Wootton, MD

    UT Health Science Center & Memorial Hermann

  • Jane Siegel, MD

    UT Southwestern

  • Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD

    Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children’s Hospital Sabin Vaccine Institute Rice University PLoS Neglected Tropical

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