This toolkit is designed to equip members of the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) and their staff with the tools and information necessary to appropriately and effectively engage with elected officials. You’ll find a selection of immunization program activities and strategies for appropriately and effectively promoting sound immunization policies.

Immunization Program Policy Resource Guide

AIM Immunization Program Policy Guide

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 three chapters of this resource guide provide insight into how to do this.

Immunization program managers share key insights, lessons learned and steps for appropriately and effectively promoting sound immunization policies.

Advocacy Rules and the Legislative Process Webinar

On September 17, 2019 the webinar covered the difference between education, advocacy, and lobbying, relevant rules and regulations, and fundamentals of the legislative process. Program managers Ron Balajadia (HI) and Tonya Philbrick (ME) joined the webinar to share their perspectives.

Preparing for the 2021 Legislative Session

On January 14, 2021, this webinar provided a legislative update, tips for managing the 2021 legislative session, and a background on mandates.

HHS Fact Sheet on Vaccine Ingredients

Vaccine ingredient facts from a federal government Website managed by…

AIM Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) Executive Director Claire Hannan has…

ME Fact Sheet on Vaccine Safety

Fact sheet from Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention…

Summary: The Value of Vaccines Report

Notes from AIM staff on the Value of Vaccines report…

ROI Brief – The Value of Vaccine Programs

Digestible brief from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health…

VYF 2021 State of the ImmUnion Report

Vaccinate Your Family report on the state of immunizations in…

Testimony of WA SHO at Senate HELP Hearing

Testimony of John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Secretary of Health, Washington…

Vaccines Save Lives: Saad B. Omer, MBBS MPH PhD US Senate 2019 Testimony

Testimony of Saad B. Omer, MBBS MPH PhD, William H.…

Video of U.S. Senate Hearing on Outbreaks (2019)

Video of U.S. Senate Hearing: “Vaccines Save Lives: What is…

AAP Policy Statement Supporting Immunizations

Fact sheet including American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement…

State Health Department Employees Policy Advocacy

This article examines the laws and agency rules for how…

NV Vaccine Fact Sheet

Fact Check sheet developed for the Interim Legislative Committee on…

Potential Impact of the Elimination of PPHF Funds

The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) was created in…

Using ARRA Funds to Implement Strategies to Improve Immunization Coverage Rates

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided approximately $97…

Impact of Population Estimation Survey (PES) Changes on Immunization Programs

In the summer of 2008 CDC implemented methodological changes to…

Stay on top of recent immunization-related legislation and access a collection of resources and tools for appropriately and effectively promoting sound immunization policies.

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For More Information

Please contact Katelyn Wells, AIM Research and Development Director, at 301-424-6080 for additional information.

This resource was made possible through support from Pfizer. Learn more about our corporate allies here.

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