New Jersey Chapter
American Academy of Pediatrics
3836 Quakerbridge Road
Suite 108
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Phone: 609-842-0014
Fax: 609-842-0015

Elliot Rubin, MD, FAAP
Chapter President

Fran Gallagher, MEd
Executive Director

Harriet Lazarus, MBA
Deputy Director

Bert Mulder
Director, Membership & Events

Program Contacts

Diane Carroll
NJIN Director

Michael Cestare, MPH
Program Manager

Phone - 609-842-0014
Fax- 609-842-0015

Funding Source

Funded by New Jersey Department of Health, Vaccine Preventable Disease Program
Immunization Initiative

Immunization Initiative 2015


The goal of the Immunization Initiative Program is to support efforts to immunize all children and adolescents according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended schedule. To achieve this goal in the primary care setting, the Immunization Initiative Program focuses on the following objectives:

     • To gather data on current immunization status of children and adolescents
     • To gain insight into current office immunization practices
     • To increase awareness of primary care providers of the importance of age appropriate immunization
     • To identify barriers and challenges to providing age appropriate immunizations
     • To implement best practice strategies for immunization delivery in the primary care setting

Participation in the Immunization Initiative Program for primary care providers includes the following activities:

     • Collection and analysis of immunization data on childhood (24-35 months) or adolescent (11-13 years) populations 
        for each selected provider
     • Review of reports and findings of the data analysis with the provider.
     • Recommendations to the provider on quality improvement strategies to increase immunization coverage, decrease  
       missed opportunities for immunization, and achieve best practice immunization delivery
     • An opportunity for providers to attend the Annual Vaccine For Children (VFC) Provider Education Conference.

In addition to quality improvement efforts in the primary care providers’ offices in the context of a Medical Home, the Immunization Initiative Program offers services in child care centers, schools, parent-teacher associations, family support groups, and parent groups to raise awareness of the importance of age appropriate immunizations. Participation in the Immunization Initiative Program in these settings includes the following activities:

     • Provision of educational sessions, materials, and resources on topics such as vaccine preventable diseases, state
       immunization requirements, and the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS).
     • Evaluation of educational sessions for the above named groups

Immunization Resources

If you are a VFC provider or a child care provider and would like to participate in this program, please contact Diane Carroll, dcarroll@aapnj.org or Mike Cestare, mcestare@aapnj.org.