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GSA Launches ICAMP Academy to Boost Adults’ Immunization Rates

For Immediate Release
November 11, 2015

Contact: Todd Kluss
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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conducted its inaugural offering of the Immunization Champions, Advocates & Mentors Program (ICAMP) Academy in Rosemont, Illinois, in October. This first academy welcomed more than 50 immunization champions from a variety of healthcare settings. GSA will conduct four ICAMP academies in 2016 — in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Phoenix. ICAMP is designed as a multidisciplinary program to equip health care providers to champion adult immunization practices that improve public health and the quality of care for the people they serve.

“GSA’s ICAMP Academy engages organizations that are committed to improving health and wellness through vaccines in a training program, followed by a practice-based research effort, to identify practice improvements,” said GSA Executive Director and CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH. “This multidisciplinary program is aligned with the National Vaccine Advisory Committee Standards for Adult Immunization Practice and assists provider champions in integrating proven, reputable tools, and resources to support efforts to immunize their patients.”

The ICAMP Academy also assists provider champions in the implementation of refinements to practice workflow, systems, and patient engagement to increase vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to gain health benefits from immunization.  ICAMP participants will be supported through their challenges and successes using a mentor program.

ICAMP was developed as a result of GSA’s National Adult Vaccination Program (NAVP), a multi-stakeholder collaboration to improve vaccination rates that launched in 2011. ICAMP, which began in 2014 through the support of Pfizer, is designed to implement collaboratively selected, strategic efforts to reach Healthy People 2020 goals for adult immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases identified at a 2013 NAVP Summit.

To learn more about NAVP, ICAMP, future ICAMP offerings, and efforts to improve adult immunization rates and reduce the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases and disability in the U.S., visit the NAVP website at www.navp.org.

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

 

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