Teen Immunization Education Sessions (TIES)

Summary of Previous Work

In 2014, the Ohio Department of Health awarded the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics a grant to fund a statewide program to educate physicians and vaccine providers who provide immunizations to adolescents in order to improve the rates of vaccines administer on time, with a special focus on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, with the long-term goal to lower the occurrence of vaccine-preventable diseases among Ohio’s adolescent population. The program would fund in-office trainings and four regional trainings. Trainers conducted 194 in-office trainings in 46 counties in 2014 and early 2015 with 1,682 health care providers in attendance. Four regional trainings were conducted — in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Athens – with 220 health care providers in attendance.Pre- and Post-Surveys gathered in 2014 show an overall increase in knowledge on adolescent immunization-related questions. 

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According to the 2014 National Immunization Survey (NIS), Ohio ranks lower than the national average on most of the adolescent vaccines. While the state’s rates rose from the previous year, work still must be done.

The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics worked together to bring TIES back to Ohio in late 2015. Beginning in September, a nurse educator contracted through the Ohio AAP will conduct TIES trainings in 31 targeted counties across the state that do not currently have Immunization Action Plan (IAP) grants. In 2016, local health departments receiving IAP grants will also conduct TIES trainings.