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International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) Meets in Istanbul, Turkey

Monday, March 16, 2015  
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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural conference of the International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) in Istanbul, Turkey. I served on the IAIM ad hoc governing council for the last two years, helping this organization get off the ground and begin providing a similar forum for international immunization program managers that AIM provides for program managers in the United States.




It’s easy to think that our challenges here in the United States and within AIM are different and far more complex that those faced by other nations. But the reality is that we not only share many challenges, we also have much to share and learn from our international counterparts.

The IAIM peer-to-peer exchange program provides opportunities for members to visit other countries and learn from their experiences. AIM member Molly Howell (ND) visited Ireland and learned about their highly successful HPV vaccination campaign. Kelly Moore (TN) visited Albania and learned about their vaccine management practices and use of the vaccine vial monitor. Nancy Ejuma (DC) will go to Australia in April to learn about their immunization information system. Both Nancy and Kelly attended the IAIM meeting in Istanbul. All three AIM members describe their experience in IAIM as incredibly valuable and motivating!

I am deeply inspired by the relationships I have built through IAIM, and reminded that I can accomplish so much more as a professional and leader with the help of others. As AIM focuses on developing the leadership skills of AIM members, there is no better time for AIM to partner with IAIM and AIM members to benefit from being a part of an international community.

I encourage all program managers to join IAIM and to consider applying to the peer-to-peer exchange program and the training scholarship program. Visit the IAIM website at for more information.

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