Immunization Action Coalition of Washington

Founded in 1994, the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington (IACW) works to improve the health of the community by minimizing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases through the optimal use of immunizations across the lifespan. Our priorities for 2016 include vaccine hesitancy; access to immunizations; provider education; and special populations. We welcome new members and would love to hear from you! To learn more, contact Sara Jaye Sanford at (206) 830-5175.

IACW Goals:

  • Provide immunizers with tools and information to implement best practices in providing immunization services.
  • Build public will to support the value of immunizations, including educating the public about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
  • Advocate for immunization policy in Washington State that is evidence-based, ensures equitable access to immunizations, and protects communities from vaccine-preventable disease.
  • Provide immunization stakeholders with opportunities to network, collaborate, and share information about immunization-related news and resources.

Recent IACW Accomplishments:

  • Hosting a two-day CDC training, “Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases” (aka the Pink Book Course), along with pre-course workshops, for over 400 participants in Tacoma in September 2015
  • Hosting the 2014 National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions, with over 300 attendees from across the country
  • Creating a free, on-demand, CME course with Dr. Yolanda Evans, “You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” (credit available through April 2017)
  • Holding a community meeting for Russian-speaking parents with questions about immunizations in Spokane in March 2015
  • Holding a workshop on coalition-building for Washington’s local immunization coalitions in March 2015
  • Distributing 15,000+ laminated, pocket-sized childhood immunization schedules to immunizers across Washington each year
  • Collaborating with Vax Northwest on our infographic, “Valiant Vaccines vs. Microbe Meanies