NH DHHS - NH Immunization Program Hosts National Immunization Experts

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services,

Immunization Program (NHIP) held its 2015 statewide conference at the

Radisson Hotel in Manchester today with over 400 nurses, health educators,

and public health professionals in attendance. A keynote speech was given

by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Deputy Director of the National Center for

Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC).

For several years New Hampshire’s childhood immunization rates have been

ranked among the top in the nation. Each year, NHIP recognizes New

Hampshire provider offices that achieve a standard of excellence in

immunization. Each provider office relied on a “Best Practice” or a

quality improvement strategy to offer excellent care to their patients.

DHHS Public Health Director, Dr. José Montero, presented four Excellence in

Immunization awards in two categories: (1) Excellence in Vaccines for

Children Program and (2) Excellence in Adult Vaccination Initiatives.

“New Hampshire health care providers and community programs are committed

to making sure their patients receive the appropriate immunizations to

achieve better overall health,” said Colleen Haggerty, Acting Section Chief

of NHIP. “This group of individuals and organizations developed quality

improvement strategies to ensure high standards of efficiency,

accountability, and access in managing immunizations across their


The Concord Hospital Medical Group was given the Excellence in Vaccines for

Children Program award for their Vaccine Safety Committee’s quality

improvement efforts to address vaccine administration and safety. “Concord

Hospital Medical Group is honored to receive this recognition,” said David

Green, MD, Concord Hospital's Chief Medical Officer. “It is a tribute to

our staff’s passion to ensure our pediatric patients receive appropriate,

evidence-based immunizations in diverse office settings.”

Three Manchester Community Health Center locations received Excellence in

Adult Immunizations awards for their new Immunization Coordination Team,

each of which developed coordinated adult immunization protocols across the

Hollis Street, Tarrytown Road, and Child Health Services locations.

“Manchester Community Health Center is pleased to receive this award for

the organization’s commitment to high quality care, treatment and services

to ensure adults are immunized,” said Diane Trowbridge, MCHC’s Chief

Operating Officer. “We recognize that immunizations not only help eliminate

preventable communicable diseases, but also have a strong impact on overall


“This conference has seen incredible growth in attendance over the last 4

years, thanks to our ability to draw national speakers, while keeping a

relevant New Hampshire focus for our attendees,” said Haggerty. “Our

program continues to work hard to communicate the value of immunizations to

health across the lifespan.”

NHIP’s Start the Conversation campaign to increase awareness of adult

immunizations recently won several awards from the National Public Health

Information Coalition. To learn more, visit the DHHS Immunization Program

at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm.