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26th Pennsylvania Immunization Conference

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A continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine, jointly provided by: Pennsylvania Department of Health


Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Penn State College of Medicine sponsors a conference to bring immunization partners together to share information, discuss current issues and recommend strategies to improve immunization rates in Pennsylvania.


The Pennsylvania Immunization Conference is targeted towards private and public health care professionals from Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. This would include:

  • Epidemiologists
  • Family Physicians
  • Health Care Professionals Working with Immunizations
  • Health Educators
  • Immunization Coalitions Members
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Students
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Students
  • Pediatricians
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians Assistants
  • Practice Managers
  • Public Health Staff
  • Residents
  • School Nurses

Agenda and Objectives

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-in/Refreshments/Visit Exhibits
  • 8:30 a.m. | Welcome
    Thomas McCleaf
    Lyn B. Robertson, DrPH, MSN
  • 9 a.m. | 2022 CDC Immunization Update
    Elisha Hall, PhD, RD

    • Describe updates to the 2022 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule.
    • Describe updates to the 2022 Adult Immunization Schedule.
    • Review COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.
  • 10:30 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 10:45 a.m. | Pediatric Practice Update: Challenges and Successes
    Cynthia DeMuth, MD, FAAP

    • Outline the challenges of delivering immunizations to an underserved pediatric population.
    • Describe strategies that have been successfully used in pediatric practice to help overcome these challenges.
  • 11:15 a.m. | Protecting Future Generations from HPV Preventable Cancers
    Jason T. Mendelsohn
    Superman HPV

    • Outline the impact of the HPV vaccine on protecting future generations of boys and girls from HPV preventable cancers.
    • Explain how to speak with parents and friends regarding the HPV vaccine.
  • 11:45 p.m. | Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. | Pennsylvania Vaccine Champion Awards
  • 1:15 p.m. | Eliminating Health Disparities by 2030
    David Saunders, MEd

    • Describe crucial health disparities.
    • Outline ways to eliminate health disparities.
  • 2 p.m. | A QI Initiative To Improve HPV Vaccine Completion by Age 13: Changing Minds by Changing Hearts
    Elena Huang, MD

    • Describe successful QI strategies to overcome barriers to initiation and completion of HPV vaccination before age 13.
    • Identify opportunities to reduce disparities in HPV vaccination across a large primary care network.
  • 2:30 p.m. | Prioritizing Accessibility To Improve Immunization Outcomes for People With Disabilities
    Amy Nieves, BA
    Rob Oliver

    • Identify common access barriers to immunization-related health outcomes for people with disabilities.
    • Describe ways to employ new strategies and practices to remove known or potential barriers, increasing overall health outcomes for people with disabilities.
  • 3 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 3:15 p.m. | PAIC Update
    Lyn B. Robertson, DrPH, MSN

    • Highlight PAIC accomplishments over the past two years.
  • 3:30 p.m. | Panel Discussion
    David Saunders, MEd
    Lyn B. Robertson, DrPH, MSN
    Cynthia T. DeMuth, MD, FAAP
  • 4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks


Cynthia DeMuth, MD, FAAP
UPMC Harrisburg

Elisha Hall, PhD, RD
Clinical Guidelines Lead
Vaccine Task Force
COVID-19 Emergency Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Elena Huang, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Quality, Primary Care
Continuity Clinic Director
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Thomas “Tom” McCleaf
Director, Division of Immunizations
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Communicable Diseases

Jason T. Mendelsohn
Survivor of HPV related tonsil cancer
Founder of SupermanHPV
Executive Board Member of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance
President of Ashar Group LLC

Amy Nieves, BA
Executive Director
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
City of Philadelphia

Rob Oliver, BS, MA
Keynote speaker and Podcaster
Your Motivational Speaker LLC

Lyn B. Robertson, DrPH, MSN
Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition (PAIC)
Associate Director for Health Equity and Community Outreach and Engagement
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Division Hematology and Oncology
Assistant Professor, GSPH, CBHS
Assistant Professor School of Nursing
University of Pittsburgh

David Saunders, MEd
Director, Office of Health Equity
Pennsylvania Department of Health



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Penn State College of Medicine and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses Using AMA Credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 6 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing.


Penn State has approved this program for 6 Continuing Education Units (6 hours of instruction). The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure used to accumulate a standardized permanent record of an individual’s participation in continuing education programs conducted under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. It is based on a standard of one unit per ten hours of instruction. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of CEUs earned.


The fee is per person, $100 for in-person and $30 for virtual. In-person includes the cost of instruction, meals and online handout materials. Virtual includes the cost of instruction and online handout materials.

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Registrations received after Monday, June 13, 2022, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Tuesday, June 07, 2022, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Friday, June 10, 2022.

Accommodations and Room Blocks

Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue

651 West Areba Avenue
Hershey, PA 17033

Deadline Date: May 14, 2022 – based on availability.
The rate will be honored past the deadline, as long as there is availability.
Group Name: Penn State College of Medicine Immunization Conference
Arrival June 13, 2022, and Departure June 14, 2022, $189 plus taxes and fees
Booking Link: Click here
Phone Number: Fairfield by Marriott: 717-520-5240; press 0 for Front Desk and quote the code IMC
Group Code: IMC

Tru by Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue

204 Hillcrest Road
Hershey, PA 17033

Deadline Date: May 14, 2022 – based on availability.
The rate will be honored past the deadline, as long as there is availability.
Group Name: Penn State College of Medicine Immunization Conference
Arrival June 13, 2022, and Departure June 14, 2022, $179 plus taxes and fees
Booking Link: Click here
Phone Number: Tru by Hilton: 717-531-3400; press 0 for Front Desk and quote the code COMI
Group Code: COMI


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.


On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow health care facility guidelines, including masks. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue, which may not require masks. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for off-campus activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

University Nondiscrimination Policy

This publication is available in alternative media on request. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, genetic information, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status and retaliation due to the reporting of discrimination or harassment. Discrimination, harassment or retaliation against faculty, staff or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. Direct all inquiries regarding the Nondiscrimination Policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901; 814-863-0471 (TTY). US M.Ed. J6783

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