About Us

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.

Mission

We foster community wellness and advocate for good public policy and best immunization practices.

Goals

To deliver age appropriate immunizations by the year 2020 to at least 90% of Arizona’s two-year-old children before their second birthday and to encourage appropriate immunizations through the lifespan.

Members

  • 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 PROJECTS

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) 

In 2011 and again in 2017, Arizona has had the unique honor of being chosen as the launch state for 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. Each year we participate in this important campaign and we need your help in educating family, friends and co-workers about how we can protect our newborns from the serious risks of pertussis (whooping cough). Vaccinating teens and adults with the Tdap vaccine helps protect those in our community that are not protected yet from petussis. For more information visit our Pertussis Page and learn how you can help Surround Your Loved Ones With A Vaccinated Family. 

Big Shots for Arizona Awards Dinner

Each year, TAPI hosts Big Shots for Arizona Awards Dinner recognition event. This celebration recognizes 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.  Practices are honored with the Toddler Cloud Awards or Teen Cloud Award, recognizing 90% or above immunization rates in their offices. The dinner also features over 300 attendees It is always an event to remember. You can locate a Cloud Award Winning practice by clicking the home page and then Locate a Cloud Provider.

Training on Immunization Practice Strategies (TIPS)

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.

Cocooning Project

Our focus is to protect infants against pertussis by vaccinating family members and other caregivers that 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 education materials regarding the value of immunizations in child care centers. The information addresses vaccine safety, vaccination schedules and the state immunization registry, ASIIS. It also includs education on recommended vaccines for child care workers and office staff. For more information contact Karin at KarinS@tapi.org.

Medical Billing and Reimbursement Program

TAPI has a statewide billing program that assists county health departments and other public sector programs in obtaining reimbursement from insurance companies for services provided to insured clients.  The aim of this billing program is to help sustain safety net services.  For more information, contact Patty Gast at PattyG@tapi.org or David Babani at DavidB@tapi.org .

Teen Vaccine Campaign

The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) has a teen, young adult  and parent focused teen vaccination campaign educating about the Tdap, meningococcal and HPV vaccines.  The campaign targets provider education as well as parent and teen outreach. The parent focused campaign is Protect Me with 3 – reminding parents that their kids still need them to protect them and help with healthy decisions. The teen campaign is Take Control and addresses the vaccines that teens need to have to keep healthy as they begin to take control of their lives such as – off to college, driving and even health decisions.  We also have a campaign titled Off to College focusing on those headed to college and the vaccines they need. Posters, flyers and reminder recall postcards are available on our Free Materials page.

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.

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