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Immunization Program Policy Resource Guide
     
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INTRODUCTION
Legislators at the federal and state levels have enormous
influence on policies and programs administered by
state and local immunization program (IP) managers.
By engaging with elected officials, IP managers support
program efforts to rid the nation of vaccine-preventable
diseases, ensure adequate resources for programs,
and promote sound immunization policies.

Public health officials are often surprised to
learn that many elected officials and their staff want to
hear from IPs. Program managers and staff are the experts
on IPs and can uniquely demonstrate the extraordinary
value of the scarce public resources allocated to IPs.
Program managers are the best advocates for what the
programs they lead need to be effective. If policymakers
don’t hear from IPs, it’s possible they may only hear from
those who are opposed to what they do.

That’s why it’s imperative for IP managers to engage in the
policy process in an ethically responsible manner. The four chapters of this resource guide provide insight into how to do this.            

       

The Immunization Program Policy Resource Guide will be released chapter by chapter. Check the AIM website frequently for the latest updates


CHAPTER 1: Advocacy Rules and the Legislative Process

This chapter covers the basics, including how to distinguish
between education, advocacy, and lobbying; an overview
of the relevant rules and regulations to ensure appropriate
engagement; and fundamental information about the
legislative process to guide effective action.

Key features:

  • Examples of activities prohibited with federal funds

  • Sample messaging: education vs/ lobbying

  • Key dates in the annual congressional appropriations process 
      
     
   
 
     
   
 
     
   


This webinar series was made possible through support from Pfizer
Pfizer had no input into any content of the webinar

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