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Family Medicine Residency Programs Recognized for Improving Childhood and Adult Immunizations Rates in Underserved Communities

LEAWOOD, Kan., June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is excited to announce the 2011 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award winners. These awards recognize family medicine residency programs which have achieved increased immunization rates in their communities through creative solutions. Monetary grants and scholarships to attend the AAFP's National Conference were presented to 16 residents from the following programs:

  • Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program, Salina, Kan.
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–Shreveport Alexandria Family Medicine Residency Program, Alexandria, La.
  • Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency, East Hampton, Conn.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center–San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
  • Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Washington, D.C.
  • Providence Family Medicine Residency; William R. Gillanders, M.D., FAAFP; Milwaukie, Ore.
  • Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program; Marianne A. McKennett, M.D.; Chula Vista, Calif.
  • Southern Illinois University Family Medicine Residency Program–Carbondale; Penelope K Tippy, MD, FAAFP; Carbondale, Ill.
  • St. Marks Family Medicine Residency, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • St. Vincent's Family Medicine Residency Program, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • The Brooklyn Hospital Center Family Medicine Residency Program, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • The Ohio State University Family Medicine Residency Program, Columbus, Ohio
  • The University of Southern California Family Medicine Residency Program at California Hospital Medical Center; Kelly L. Jones, MD; Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University–Fairfax Family Practice Residency, Fairfax, Va.
  • Wesley Family Medicine Residency, Wichita, Kan.

The Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in Salina, Kan. was recognized for their outstanding work in the immunization field once again, after winning an AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award in 2010.

"Thanks to immunizations, deadly diseases like small pox and polio no longer kill or disable millions. Getting our children immunized at the right time protects them and improves the health of our community," said Richard G. Roberts, M.D., J.D., president of the AAFP Foundation. "I would like to offer my congratulations to the winners of this year's awards. We hope the innovative systems put in place by these residency programs will inspire other physicians and their practice teams to improve their immunization efforts too."

The 2011 AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award winners were chosen for their ability to find creative, team-based solutions that increase immunization rates. The 2011 recipients were chosen for one of the following award categories:

  • Best Practices - effective systems in place that are achieving high immunization rates within a specified 12-month period;
  • Most Improved - overcoming barriers to greatly improve immunization rates within a specified 12-month period; and
  • System Implementation – implementing a new system that will increase immunization rates in medically underserved children.

"We are proud to recognize these 16 programs which have made it their mission to raise awareness and protect their communities from infectious diseases," said Craig M. Doane, AAFP vice president for Publications and Strategic Partnerships. "These programs share our vision of improving health for everyone and we hope they will serve as examples of best practices for others who look to increase vaccination rates in their communities."

About the AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Awards Program

The AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Awards recognizes Family Medicine Residency programs that have achieved high or improved immunization rates in children or adults, or are implementing a system to increase immunization rates, especially in medically underserved populations. Each application is reviewed and scored by a panel appointed by the AAFP Foundation.  This program is supported by a grant from Pfizer Vaccines. For more information, including a tip sheet of best practices from past winners, please visit:  

About the AAFP Foundation

The AAFP Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians and advances the values of Family Medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people.

Media Contact:
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American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5221

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