November 05, 2014

2014 Texas Immunization Summit

Immunize. Protection for Every Texan. 

November 05, 2014 at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center In San Antonio, TX

Houston Community College in collaboration with The Immunization Partnership proudly presents the continuing nursing educational content in the 2014 Texas Immunization Summit. 

Hundreds of immunization stakeholders from across Texas joined us for the 2014 Texas Immunization Summit November 5-7 in San Antonio to gather information and tools about: 

  • Immunization-centered programs and vaccine administration
  • Education and outreach activities
  • Epidemiology and vaccine development
  • Advocacy for immunization-related policies

View 2014 Texas Immunization Summit Session Recordings and Presentations

Wednesday, November 5

Opening Remarks

Screening of Invisible Threat Documentary

Invisible Threat Introduction and Panel Discussion
Panelists: Paul Offit, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Lisa Posard, Producer of Invisible Threat

Thursday, November 6

Opening Remarks


State of Immunizations in Texas and Nationally
Presented by: David Lakey, MD, Texas Department of State Health Services; Brock Lamont, MPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Immunizations: Opportunities and Challenges    
Presented by: Litjen (L.J.) Tan, MS, PhD, Immunization Action Coalition

Building Partnerships to Address the Needs of Disparate Populations     
Presented by: LaTasha Hinckson Callis, Houston Department of Health and Human Services and Terri Andrews, Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County

Using Social Media to Advocate for Immunizations
Presented by: Christine Vara, Shot of Prevention

Update on Measles -- 2014
Presented by: Alan Hinman, MD, MPH, The Task Force for Global Health


Vaccination Q&A
Presented by: William Atkinson, MD, MPH, Immunization Action Coalition

Communication Strategies for Flu Vaccination
Presented by: Raj Chhadua, PharmD and Kayla Heffington, Vaccinate Texas; J. Carlos Velazquez, MA, National Influenza Vaccination Disparities Partnership

Political Climate Leading into 2015 Legislative Session
Presented by: Jason Sabo, Frontera Strategy

Epi 101: Basic Epidemiological Definitions and Principles for Non-Epidemiologists
Presented by: Anil Mangla, MS, PhD, MPH, FRIPH, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District


Stories of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Presented by: Micah Kramer and Jamie Schanbaum


Pertussis -- Trends, Prevention and Challenges
Presented by: Flor Muñoz-Rivas, MD, Baylor College of Medicine

Friday, November 7

Opening Remarks


Selling HPV Vaccine to Parents – You Are the Key
Presented by: Jill Roark, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Immunization Registry Update
Presented by: Mark Ritter and Vivian Porter, Texas Department of State Health Services

Empowering Parents to Become Vaccine Advocates
Presented by: Karen Ernst, Voices for Vaccines

Immunization Issues in the Context of Greater Health Policy
Presented by: Nora Belcher, Texas e-Health Alliance

Under-appreciated Cancers Caused by HPV
Presented by: Erich M. Sturgis, MD, MPH, MD Anderson Cancer Center


Important Immunization Issues for 2015
Presented by: Nidhi M. Nakra, MPH, The Immunization Partnership


Preventing Pandemics: Ebola and Neglected Tropical Diseases
Presented by: Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, FASTMH, FAAP, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Sabin Vaccine Institute

Closing Remarks

Event Steering Committee

Laura Blanke, MPH 
Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Chapter of the AAP

LaTasha Hinckson Callis 
Community Involvement Coordinator 
City of Houston

Robyn Correll Carlyle, MPH 
Community Outreach Coordinator 
The Immunization Partnership

Rachel Cunningham, MPH 
Immunization Registry and Educational Specialist 
Texas Children's Hospital

Anna Dragsbaek, JD 
The Immunization Partnership

Anil T. Mangla, MS, PhD, MPH, FRIPH 
Assistant Director of Health 
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Marc Mazade, MD 
Cook Children's

Lindy McGee, MD, FAAP
Pediatrics around the Bend

Melanie Mouzoon, MD, FAAP 


Clark Petty 
Metro Health Senior Management Analyst 
City of San Antonio

Saroj Rai, PhD 
Immunization Branch Manager 
Texas Department of State Health Services

Mark Ritter 
CDC Senior Public Health Advisor 
Texas Department of State Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, PhD, MPH
Organizational Consultant
The Immunization Partnership

Leila C. Sahni, MPH 
Immunization Action Plan Coordinator 
Texas Children's Hospital

Kirk White, MSN, RN 
Director, Center for Healthcare Professionals 
Coleman College for Health Sciences
Houston Community College





Event Sponsors

A very special thank you to the following event sponsors:


Spirit Golf
St. David's Foundation

Abell-Hanger Foundation
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

St. Luke’s Foundation

Children's Memorial Hermann
Cook Children's Healthcare
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System

Dr. Angelo Giardino
Dr. Cheryl Hardin
Harris County Health District
MD Anderson
Texas Academy of Family Physicians
Texas Pediatric Society

If you or your organization would like to make a contribution to this event, please click here for sponsorship opportunities. 



Robyn Correll Carlyle, MPH
Project Manager

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