In Partnership with the KidStrong Conference

June 21 and 22, 2016

Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV

The Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit is an action-oriented event targeted toward public and private sector organizations with an interest in addressing and resolving immunization issues in West Virginia. Various sessions at the Summit will be targeted toward healthcare and public health professionals, educators, students, business leaders, consumers, and others interested in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in West Virginia.  

2016 Immunization Summit Agenda:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

8:00am – 10:30am

Registration (Main Lobby)
Fresh Start AM Break (Provided in North Hall)
Morning Exercise: Insanity and Yoga (Main Lobby)
Cyber Café (WV 103)
8:30am – 10am
Adult Vaccination Clinic (Main Lobby)
Sponsored by the Kanawha Charleston Health Department
9 am – 10:30 am
KidStrong Opening Ceremonies:  Frank DeAngelis, Former Principal of Columbine High School
10:40 am - 11:30 am
Immunization Summit Opening Session (Session 1):
Opening Remarks, Dr. Rahul Gupta (slide)
Increasing Immunization Rates in Rural Communities, Speaker: Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FAAP, FACOP, Professor Emeritus, Oklahoma State University-Center for Health Sciences (slides)
11:30am - 12:30pm
LUNCH (Provided in the Coliseum)
Exhibits (North Hall)
Cyber Café (WV 103)
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
Immunization Summit Session 2: Epidemic of Epidemics
Speaker: Danae Bixler, MD, MPH, Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, WV Bureau for Public Health (slides)
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
Immunization Summit Session 3: Prevention First: Improving Well Child Exam Completion Rates in West Virginia
Panelists: Kelli Caseman, Sharon Carte, Patty McGrew, George Stablein
(Slides from all panelists)
2:20 pm – 2:40 pm
Break and visit exhibits (Provided in the North Hall)
Cyber Café (WV 103)
2:40pm – 4:30pm
Day 1 Immunization Summit Closing Session (Session 4)
Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Speaker: Sherri A. Young, DO, FAAFP, ”Immunization Officer” and Physician Director, WV Division of Immunization Services (slides)
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Annual WIN Awards Dinner (Embassy Suites)
Doors open, networking and cash bar: 5:30pm;
Dinner and speakers begin at 6:00pm.
Keynote Speaker: Sam Crosby
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
7:30am - 8:00am
Registration (Main Lobby)
Fresh Start AM Break (Provided in North Hall)
Morning Exercise: Yoga (Main Lobby)
Cyber Café (WV 103)
8:00 am - 8:50 am
Immunization Summit Session 5: The Role of Community Pharmacy-Based Vaccinations in West Virginia: a Local Perspective.
Speakers: Drew Massey, Fruth Pharmacy, Inc. (slides)
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Immunization Summit Session 6: WV Immunization Update
Speaker: Dr. Sherri Young (slides), Jeff Neccuzi (slides), Joe Bonazza (slides), and Ashley Simmons (slides), WV DIS & DIDE
10:40 am – 11:30 am
Immunization Summit Session 7: Strategies for Increasing HPV Vaccination in Practice: What’s Working in West Virginia and Beyond
Speakers: Shauna Shafer, American Cancer Society (slides)
(links from this presentation: Just the Facts, Addressing Parents' Questions about HPV Vaccine, You Are the Key)
11:15am – 12:30pm
Adult Immunization Clinic (Main Lobby)
11:30pm – 12:30pm
Lunch (Provided in Coliseum)
Exhibits (North Hall)
Cyber Café (WV 103)
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Immunization Summit Session 8: Harm Reduction Services: Vaccination Opportunities for High Risk Persons
Speaker: R. David Parker, PhD, Associate Professor, West Virginia University (slides)
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Immunization Summit Closing Session (Session 9): Health Literacy Skills for Communicating About Immunization
Speaker: Heidi Parker, MA, Executive Director, Immunize Nevada (slides)
Featured Speakers and Sessions:
  • Increasing Immunization Rates in Rural Communities, Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FAAP, FACOP, Professor Emeritus, Oklahoma State University-Center for Health Sciences
  • How Vaccine Communication Can Increase Rates and Improve Health Literacy, Heidi Parker, MA, Executive Director, Immunize Nevada
Awards Reception and Dinner:

The WV Immunization Network (WIN) is currently accepting nominations for our Annual Awards to recognize excellence in immunization efforts over the past year. Nominees and nominators need not be WIN members. Click here for a description of the awards and a nomination form. Award recipients will be presented with their awards at WIN’s Annual Awards Dinner, scheduled for June 21, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV.

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education Credits for physicians and pharmacists have been applied for and are pending. 

Nursing, social work, and counseling continuing education credits will also be provided at the Immunization Summit and KidStrong conference through the Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health.


A room block is being held for Immunization Summit Registrants at the Charleston Marriott Town Center, located at 200 Lee Street East, Charleston, WV  25301, at a rate of $129 plus tax per night and 50% off parking. The room block will be held until Monday, May 30, 2016. To reserve a room in this block, please call (304) 345-6500 and use the code Immunization Summit Room Block.

Another room block is also being held at the Hampton Inn - Charleston Downtown, located at 1 Virginia St. West, Charleston, WV 25302, at a rate of $116/night plus tax. This rate includes parking and continental breakfast. This room block will be held until June 6, 2016. To reserve a room in this block, please call 304-343-9300 and use the code Immunization Summit Room Block.

Registration Fees:
  • Advance registration (until June 15th): $50 for one day; $90 for two days (two day registration includes ticket to WIN Awards Reception and Dinner).
  • Late Registration: $60 for one day; $110 for two days
  • Student rates: $25 for one day; $45 for two days.
  • Awards Dinner Ticket (for those purchasing one day conference registrations and for additional guests): $25

Given that some WIN members are facing major budgets cuts at this time, we are offering a limited number of scholarships to cover 50% of registration fee for those who need it at this time. If you would like to request one of these scholarships, please email the WIN Program Manager stating the reason for requesting the scholarship and the number requested. 

aug sep  oct  nov  dec  
08/16/2016 Now accepting adolescent immunization grant applications! The “Take Your Best Shot: WV Adolescent Immunization Project” (TYBS) was developed to address the problem associated with low vaccination rates among adolescents throughout West Virginia. The grant application for the 2016/2017 cycle is now available [More]
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