What is AIRA?
AIRA is a membership organization that exists to promote the development and implementation of immunization information systems (IIS) as an important tool in preventing and controlling vaccine preventable diseases. AIRA values the voluntary and collaborative interaction of all of its members.
What is an IIS? Immunization information systems (IIS), previously known as immunization registries, are confidential, population-based, computerized databases that record all immunization doses administered by participating providers to persons residing within a given geopolitical area. At the point of clinical care, an IIS can provide consolidated immunization histories for use by a vaccination provider in determining appropriate client vaccinations. At the population level, an IIS provides aggregate data on vaccinations for use in surveillance and program operations, and in guiding public health action with the goals of improving vaccination rates and reducing vaccine-preventable disease. For more information about IIS, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
How does AIRA serve the IIS community?
AIRA provides a forum through which members combine efforts, share knowledge, and promote activities to advance IIS and immunization programs. A strong, unified voice for standards, policy and funding, AIRA is a resource for data exchange standards development, information sharing and education/training for IIS managers and staff.
Who are AIRA’s members?
AIRA is mostly an organization of IIS staff working in health departments, with other organizations such as IIS implementers, non-profits and others with an interest in IIS. There are currently more than 55 organization members representing over 350 individuals.
How do members participate in AIRA’s efforts?
AIRA’s activities are carried out by members who participate on committees including the Education Steering Committee, the Modeling Immunization Registry Operations Workgroup (MIROW) Steering Committee, the IIS Assessment Steering Committee, and the Standards and Interoperability Steering Committee. Each committee participates in a monthly call to keep the participants focused on their goals.
There are other ways to get involved with AIRA, including participating in AIRA Discovery Sessions. Discovery Sessions review relevant topics targeted to newer IIS managers, staff and those new to the IIS community. For more information about upcoming Discovery Sessions, please visit AIRA’s Events calendar.
Who runs AIRA?
AIRA has a very active Board of Directors that works closely with AIRA’s Executive Director Rebecca Coyle, Program Director Alison Chi, Policy and Planning Director Mary Beth Kurilo and the rest of the AIRA staff.
What do current members have to say about AIRA?
AIRA is viewed by its members as the centralized core of activity for IIS development, standardization, and best practices.