The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is fortunate to have a number of programs funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP)
The AAP CISP is funded through a cooperative agreement with the CDC. Since 1999, the mission of the CISP has been to improve the immunization delivery system for children across the nation by developing an infrastructure within the Academy to support its members and providing education and resources for parents and pediatricians on immunization and immunization-related issues. The CISP's Project Advisory Committee, consisting of 3 pediatricians, provides oversight and guidance on project activities and direction.
Increasing Adolescent Immunization through Pediatric Partnerships
This program was funded from September 2012 through August 2015. It worked to address barriers to adolescent immunization in the medical home by:
- Educating pediatricians about the need for a strong provider recommendation and recent immunization policy through a series of Webinars.
- Promoting the use of reminder/recall systems and electronic health record (EHR) prompts to drive more adolescents to the office for initial and follow-up doses, thereby reducing occurrences of missed opportunities.
- Raising awareness among parents and adolescents about the need for vaccines by creating and disseminating materials for offices, the AAP consumer Web site, and via Text4Kids.
- Raising awareness among residents by engaging them in a contest to create videos that answer adolescent vaccination questions.
- Teaching pediatricians how to avoid missed opportunities to vaccinate through the AAP Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practices (EQIPP) immunization module.
Improving Immunization Rates and Enhancing Disease Prevention through Partnerships with Providers and National Organizations that focus on Public Health
The purpose of this cooperative agreement between the AAP and CDC is to raise immunization rates by creating and executing programs that aim to measurably increase the proportion of pediatricians who implement best immunization practices. The AAP will work to build sustainable peer-to-peer and quality improvement (QI) networks for immunization education and increase vaccination coverage by disseminating professional education and tools. The current focus of the agreement is on improving HPV vaccination rates. The activities for this cooperative agreement are designed to help pediatricians and their office staff to: (1) consistently make strong HPV vaccine recommendations, (2) effectively address parental questions, and (3) implement HPV vaccination-related QI efforts (eg, decrease missed opportunities, use reminder-recall).
In 2013, the AAP was awarded funding through the CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. The agreement, Building Capacity of the Public Health System to Improve Population Health through National, Nonprofit Organizations, offers support for multiple topic areas, including immunization. Immunization work has focused on vaccine storage and handling practices (Year 1), training in vaccine administration (Year 2), and immunization information systems and barcoding (Year 3).