The 7th annual state-wide Immunize SD Conference: “Building Community through Connection” was held on September 26. This year’s event demonstrated how community engagement impacted the health of the people in the community. Our opening keynote talked about building trust with patients by meeting them where they are, why engaging and giving back to their communities is important, and how understanding their needs leads to better care. Our closing speaker discussed how to become involved with your community and ways to give back. Sessions throughout the day covered specific vaccination topics as well as strategies to overcome barriers to care and improve vaccine confidence.

This conference took place in-person in Sioux Falls with a virtual attendance option, intending to promote immunizations throughout South Dakota by supporting health care providers through education and community outreach resources.

Conference Objectives
  1. Report current vaccine rates and trends in South Dakota and share planned initiatives of the Department of Health to improve rates.  
  2. Increase provider knowledge of immunization best practices, vaccine developments, and innovative vaccine delivery. 
  3. Provide tactics to improve sharing information with patients for increased trust and credibility.  
  4. Demonstrate how being an advocate for basic needs builds trust and how trust is crucial to addressing vaccine confidence and overcoming health inequities in any community.  
  5. Describe how to work with partners and trusted messengers in the community to promote and provide vaccination to reach a state of equitable vaccine access. 
Continuing Education Credits

Nursing: This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Provider: The AAFP has reviewed Immunize SD: Building Connection Through Community and deemed it acceptable for up to 7.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 09/26/2023 to 09/26/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacy: The South Dakota Board of Pharmacy has approved this program for 6 hours of pharmacist continuing education (CE) credits. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, please check with your certification board to ensure that these credits will be accepted for certification.

Presentations
Keynote: On a Path to Reclaiming Indigenous Health
Melissa Buffalo, American Indian Cancer Foundation 
SDDOH Epidemiology Update
Sara Bowman, SD Department of Health
Building Vaccine Confidence in the Community   
Katy Gore, Association of Immunization Managers

Breakout Sessions

Re-Emerging Diseases and the Global Threat
Ibrahim Ahmed, University of South Dakota – Sanford School of Medicine

Strengthen your Community with Vax ChampionsVictoria Standley and Stacy Nelson, Sanford Health

How Do We Know Vaccines are Safe? Vaccine Safety Surveillance Systems in the US.Kylie Hall, ND State University Center for Immunization Research and Education

Breakout Sessions  

SD Immunization Information System​Brett Oakland, SD Department of Health, STC Health

Shielding Against Respiratory Diseases with Vaccines
Thabuna Sivaprakasam, University of South Dakota – Sanford School of Medicine

Refugee Health Services and Immunizations
Tim Jurgens, Director, Lutheran Social Services Center for New Americans

Breakout Sessions  

The Latest on Vaccines for Adults and Boosting Immunization Rates
Jennifer J. Tinguely, Falls Community Health

Vaccine Storage and Handling
Tim Heath, SD Department of Health

Polio – What Health Care Providers Need to Know
Ashlesha Kaushik, UnityPoint Clinic Pediatric Infectious Diseases

KEYNOTE: Fostering Impactful Connections with the Community
Michelle Erpenbach, Sioux Falls Thrive

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AGENDA AT A GLANCE (all times are listed in central time)
7:00 – 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 am Welcome 
8:15 – 9:15 am Keynote: On a Path to Reclaiming Indigenous Health
Melissa Buffalo, American Indian Cancer Foundation 
9:15 – 10:00 am  SDDOH Epidemiology Update
Sara Bowman, SD Department of Health
10:00 – 10:30 am Break and Visit the Exhibits
10:30 – 11:15 am Building Vaccine Confidence in the Community   
Katy Gore, Association of Immunization Managers
11:15 – 12:30 pm PANEL: Partnering to Overcome Vaccine Access Barriers
Moderator: Sandra Melstad, SLM Consulting
Panelists: Carol Chalcraft, SD Department of Health Immunization Program; Sara Hicks, Lewis Drug; Darcie Lee, Horizon Health Care; June CopperStad, Lutheran Social Services
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch 
1:30 – 2:15 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Re-Emerging Diseases and the Global Threat
Ibrahim Ahmed, University of South Dakota – Sanford School of Medicine

Strengthen your Community with Vax Champions
Victoria Standley and Stacy Nelson, Sanford Health

How Do We Know Vaccines are Safe? Vaccine Safety Surveillance Systems in the US.
Kylie Hall, ND State University Center for Immunization Research and Education

2:15 – 3:00 pm 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions  

SD Immunization Information System
Brett Oakland, SD Department of Health, STC Health

Shielding Against Respiratory Diseases with Vaccines
Thabuna Sivaprakasam, University of South Dakota – Sanford School of Medicine

Refugee Health Services and Immunizations
Tim Jurgens, Director, Lutheran Social Services Center for New Americans

3:00 – 3:15 pm Break 
3:15 – 4:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions  

The Latest on Vaccines for Adults and Boosting Immunization Rates
Jennifer J. Tinguely, Falls Community Health

Vaccine Storage and Handling
Tim Heath, SD Department of Health

Polio – What Health Care Providers Need to Know
Ashlesha Kaushik, UnityPoint Clinic Pediatric Infectious Diseases

4:10 – 5:00 pm  KEYNOTE: Fostering Impactful Connections with the Community
Michelle Erpenbach, Sioux Falls Thrive

Thank you to our exhibitors and conference sponsors!