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School-based programs for adolescents

 
Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition
Program name: Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition
Population served: Middle school students (11-12 year old students)
Eligibility: Middle school students in Washoe County
Region served: Washoe County, Nevada
Funding: Grant and GlaxoSmithKline
Program started: 1997
Number of clients: 12,000 over 7 year period, over 30,000 shots
Contact: Cari A. Rovig, MBA
Executive Director
Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition
745 W. Moana Lane, Suite 100
Reno, NV 89509
Phone: (775) 770-6703
Fax: (775) 770-3504
Email: cari.rovig@saintmarysreno.com
Website: None
Description:

In 1997, several members of the Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition formed a partnership with a seven-year goal of closing the gap between adolescents and children who began receiving hepatitis B immunizations in 1991. Coalition partners included the Washoe County School District, Washoe County District Health Department, Saint Mary's Health Network and GlaxoSmithKline. Over the last seven years, the nurses involved in the program have vaccinated 12,000 children with the series of 3 vaccinations, all at no charge. All shots were provided at local middle schools, which included both public and private schools in Washoe County.

In each of the last three years, GlaxoSmithKline has donated $1,500 to be used as incentive dollars to increase school participation. Any middle school with at least 50% or more of their eligible 7th grade students completing the series at school was qualified for a portion of the incentive dollars. At the end of each year, the schools who met the 50% marker split the $1,500 evenly.

In September of 2001, the Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition was successful in its petition to the Nevada State Board of Health to have both hepatitis A and hepatitis B immunizations required for students entering school in the state of Nevada. The new mandate impacted students entering Nevada schools for the first time only. Unfortunately, the mandate does not impact the students entering middle school at this time.


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