Building Bridges confab scheduled for May 21

ALBANY — Current topics in immunization are expected to be the main focus of the 2013 Building Bridges Conference set for May 21 at the Creekside Education Center at Chehaw.

The conference, coordinators say, is held as a collaborative effort to educate and coordinate immunization providers in Southwest Georgia in both public and private sectors with the most up-to-date information, schedules and strategies necessary to insure Georgians are adequately immunized against vaccine preventable diseases.

The event will start at 8:45 a.m. with a welcome from Dr. Davidson Freeman, assistant professor of pediatrics at Georgia Regents University.

That will be followed by an immunization update from the event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Larry Pickering, senior adviser to the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This will be followed by a luncheon panel, which will then be followed by presentations on topics such as the roots of vaccine hesitancy, vaccine storage and handling and vaccine coverage rates in Georgia.

Dr. Gary Marshall, professor of pediatrics at University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, Kelly Seegmueller, immunization program consultant for the Georgia Department of Public Health, and Rebecca Willis, immunization study epidemiologist for the Georgia Department of Public Health, are among the other speakers on the program.

The conference is expected to conclude at around 4 p.m. It is open to all pediatricians, family physicians, medical residents, nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, public health personnel, Georgia Immunization Coalition members and vaccine advocates.

The Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has designated the activity for six American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 credits, and is expected to be approved for six contact hours by the Georgia Nurses Association for those seeking continuing education opportunities.

For more information or to register, call (229) 889-7360 or email alpaul@ppmh.org.