THE ARIZONA PARTNERSHIP for IMMUNIZATION (TAPI)
TAPI is a non-profit statewide coalition of over 400 members. TAPI was formed in response to the alarming fact that in 1993, only 43% of Arizona’s two-year-olds were fully immunized against preventable childhood diseases like measles, mumps, polio and whooping cough. Through the efforts of TAPI’s partners from both the public and private sectors, immunization coverage rates in Arizona have improved dramatically, with nearly three in four children fully immunized by age two. Unfortunately, the problem never ends. Each year in Arizona almost 90,000 babies are born, and none arrive immunized.
To foster a comprehensive, sustained community program for the immunization of Arizonans against vaccine preventable diseases.
To deliver age appropriate immunizations by the year 2010 to at least 90% of Arizona’s two-year-old children before their second birthday and to encourage appropriate immunizations through the lifespan.
|•||Arizona Department of Health Services|
|•||Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System|
|•||County Health Departments, Community Health Centers and Fire Departments|
|•||Commercial and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations|
|•||The Arizona Medical Association, the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Arizona Chapter of the American Association of Family Physicians and the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association|
|•||Corporations, private foundations, professional organizations and children’s advocacy groups|
TAPI 2011 PROJECTS
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) April 23rd – 30th
This April 24-30, Arizona had the unique honor of being chosen as the launch state for the 2011 National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) campaign. The Arizona Partnership for Immunization along with state and local health departments invited our guests and partners to join in the effort to keep babies healthy. We need your help in educating family, friends and co-workers about how we can protect our newborns from pertussis (whooping cough) by vaccinating adults with the Tdap vaccine. For more information visit our NIIW page.
Big Shots for Arizona
On April 27, 2011, we hosted our fifteenth annual Big Shots for Arizona recognition event.
This celebration recognized organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves by improving the health and wellness of Arizona's communities and the lives of Arizona children through increasing immunization rates. This year commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Cloud Awards, and the event will included a tribute to the memory of Dr. Daniel Cloud. The dinner also featured over 300 attendees and Dr. Melinda Wharton from the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases as the keynote speaker. It was an event to remember!
Pictures from the event and of our award winners are available on our facebook page.
Learn the Seven Secrets to Streamlining Immunization Delivery
TAPI, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services Immunization Program, presents free trainings that improve immunization practices in public and private providers’ offices. Participants receive valuable information on immunization friendly office practices, vaccine handling, state requirements, how to give shots and the state immunization registry. For more information or to see the schedule visit our Provider Page or call 602-288-7568 for more information.
Our focus is to protect infants against pertussis by vaccinating family membersand other caregiversthat will be in contact with an infant, thus creating a protective cocoon against pertussis. This project educates both family members and medical professionals about the risks of pertussis and the importance of vaccinating with Tdap. For more information contact Karin at KarinS@tapi.org.
Child Care Project
This project’s focus is to develop and distribute parent education materials regarding the value of immunizations in child care centers. The information addresses vaccine safety, vaccination schedules and the state immunization registry, ASIIS. TAPI offers training to administrators on ASIIS best practices and immunization education. For more information contact Karin at KarinS@tapi.org.
Vaccine Reimbursement Project
TAPI is piloting an Arizona statewide billing program aimed at recuperating the administration fees for county health departments that provide vaccines to children with Medicaid. For more information contact Jennifer at JenniferT@tapi.org.
Free Resources and Training
TAPI offers free parent education materials and also training for medical staff on immunization delivery. Order materials or call 602-288-7568.