Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates
The Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC) was formed to raise awareness, improve access, and increase utilization of vaccines among adults. Near universal access to immunizations for children has been one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. AVAC seeks to achieve the same level of success when it comes to immunizations among adults. The goal of AVAC is to foster an inclusive partnership of organizations to inform and engage federal policymakers in working towards common legislative and regulatory solutions that will strengthen and enhance access to and utilization of adult immunization services across the health care system. Positive collaborations around the adult vaccine space are already happening. AVAC builds upon this work through consistent and sustained education and advocacy in Washington, DC.
Meet Our Leadership
Laura Hanen, Co-Chair of AVAC, is the Chief of Government Affairs for the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, D.C. The National Association of County and City Health Departments is the voice of the approximately 2,800 local health departments across the country. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. Ms. Hanen’s primary responsibilities are to oversee policy development, federal lobbying, and the Big Cities Health Coalition. Ms. Hanen is also a member of NACCHO’s executive management team. Ms. Hanen joined NACCHO in March 2011.
Phyllis Arthur, Co-Chair of AVAC, is Senior Director for Vaccines, Immunotherapeutics and Diagnostics Policy at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). In this role Ms. Arthur is responsible for working with member companies in vaccines, molecular diagnostics and bio-defense on policy, legislative and regulatory issues.
Meet Our Members
AVAC is made up of a diverse group of health care providers, vaccine makers, pharmacies, public health organizations, patient and consumer groups. Together, we will strengthen and enhance access to and utilization of adult immunizations.
Our Broad Coalition Includes:
Alliance for Aging Research
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)
American College of Physicians (ACP)
American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA)
American Pharmacists Association
American Public Health Association (APHA)
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Association of Immunization Managers (AIM)
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Every Child By Two/Vaccinate Your Family
Families Fighting Flu
Hep B United
Hepatitis B Foundation
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
March of Dimes
National Alliance for Caregiving
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)
National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP)
National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH)
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
National Medical Association (NMA)
National Meningitis Association, Inc.
National Minority Quality Forum
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR)
Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA)
Takeda Vaccines, Inc.
The Gerontological Society of America
Trust for America’s Health
AVAC seeks to achieve success that parallels childhood immunization levels when it comes to immunizations among adults.