What's New
 

Officer Election Results

Per the AIRA bylaws, officers are elected by the AIRA board. AIRA is pleased to announce the following officer election results:

  • Christy Gray from the Virginia Department of Health was elected as AIRA's President-Elect
  • Heather Roth from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was re-elected to serve another term as Treasurer
  • Aaron Bieringer from the Minnesota Department of Health was elected as AIRA's Governance Committee Chair*

Congratulations Christy, Heather, and Aaron! Their terms will begin October 1, 2020.

*Note: The board recently established this position to ensure continuity between the AIRA Board and the AIRA Governance Committee, a subcommittee of the board responsible for ongoing review and recommendations to enhance the quality of the board.

 

AIRA 2020 National Meeting Postponement

Due to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, it is with heavy hearts that we announce that the AIRA National Meeting, scheduled for August 11 – 13, 2020 in Portland, will be postponed until 2021. Out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees, employees, and local communities — and in line with recent government orders in Oregon — holding this year’s event will not be possible. All registration fees received for the AIRA 2020 National Meeting will be refunded.

We do, however, have good news to share! We are extremely happy to announce that the AIRA 2021 National Meeting will take place August 3 – 5, 2021, still in Portland, Oregon! Please save the date and mark your calendars now!

AIRA remains committed to helping the community come together and collaborate to advance IIS – even in the absence of a 2020 in-person meeting. Stay tuned for opportunities to connect and receive community updates this summer. Finally, we know that many of you are currently responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more of you may be pulled into the response over time. We want to express our solidarity and appreciation to our colleagues around the world working to fight the pandemic.

 

 A Guide for When Things Go Wrong

AIRA and the Modeling of Immunization Registry Operations Workgroup (MIROW) Steering Committee are excited to announce that a new MIROW guide, Business Continuity Planning for Immunization Information System Programs, is now available. The guide and mini-guide are available in the AIRA repository.

Highlights of the Guide

• Overview of the key concepts related to business continuity
• A step-by-step process for developing a business continuity plan
• A discussion of implementation considerations
• A list of principles to guide the development and use of a business continuity plan
• Tools and examples to support the creation and use of a business continuity plan

Our hope is that this guide, mini-guide, and webinar will be useful in the development and implementation of business continuity plans.

 

AIRA 2019 Education Survey Summary Report

AIRA is excited to announce that the AIRA 2019 Education Survey Summary Report is now available. In early 2019, the AIRA Education Steering Committee assessed the educational needs of the IIS community. This report includes an analysis of the results, which will be used to guide the development of new resources and educational opportunities.

You told us:
• IIS strengths include strong provider relations and robust, integrated data
• Limited staff, data submission and use, and issues with providers (e.g., turnover) are top challenges for IIS
• The top priorities for IIS include data quality, data (e.g., exchange, entry, analysis), and working with providers
• There is widespread need for additional guidance for topics including data quality, technical capacity, data use, and data sharing
• The results of the survey demonstrate an interest in efficient and effective training. AIRA should prioritize disseminating information via live webinars, annual meetings, and self-paced online training

We want to thank those of you who responded to the survey. We heard from 131 respondents and responses were recorded from all member state and city immunization program jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, and six territories and islands.

 

AIRA 20th Anniversary Video

It has been a pleasure spending the last two decades working with all of our great partners in the IIS community. Looking forward to another 20 years with all of you!