Arkansas Project Summary for the 2019 Cooperative AgreementThe Arkansas Department of Health houses the State?s Immunization Program within the Center for Health Protection. The purpose of the Immunization Program is the prevention and control of communicable diseases for the 2.9 million citizens of Arkansas. Program staff are responsible for implementing, monitoring and evaluating outcomes on all the core activities of the CDC cooperative agreement as described below:Chapter A: Ensure program infrastructure to support organizational capacity, program operations, funding stability and fiscal accountability.Chapter B: 1) Identify geographic areas or population subgroups with low vaccination coverage. 2) Perform activities to improve vaccination coverage within population subgroups. 3) Participate in integration of IIS data with CDC?s National Immunization Survey.Chapter C: 1) Maintain network of immunization providers, and ensure they administer vaccine appropriately. 2) Perform quality-assurance measures to ensure Vaccines for Children and Section 317 programs are properly implemented. 3) Adhere to CDC guidance specific to each federal vaccine funding type. 4) Use CDC-provided mechanisms for vaccine planning, ordering, and distribution in accordance with CDC guidance/requirements. 5) Ensure that providers store and handle publicly purchased vaccines in a manner that maintains vaccine viability and reduces vaccine wastage.Chapter D: Advance IIS capabilities to support immunization programs by implementing the CDC IIS Functional Standards and evaluating performance.Chapter E: 1) Engage networks of health care providers and other key partners and stakeholders to support efforts to improve vaccination coverage. 2) Utilize effective communication methods to address current immunization issues.Chapter F: 1) Work with eligible VFC providers to implement immunization quality improvement and monitor impact on vaccination coverage. 2) Use IIS data
to inform and manage Immunization Quality Improvement for Providers? assessment activities.Chapter G: 1) Conduct surveillance and support capacity to identify, control and prevent vaccine-preventable disease (VPD cases and/or outbreaks. 2) Ensure VPD cases and/or outbreaks are reporting to local/state/federal public health officials and case notifications are provided to CDC. 3) Encourage health care provider Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reporting, and monitor VAERS and vaccine safety data.Chapter H: 1) Identify HBsAg+ women and their births. 2) Ensure Hep B virus-exposed newborns receive post-exposure prophylaxis per ACIP recommendations. 3) Ensure Hep B virus-exposed infants complete the Hep B vaccine series and receive post-vaccination serology testing per ACIP recommendations.Chapter I: 1) Assess students in child care, kindergarten through high school, and technical school/college/university for compliance with state and local school vaccination requirements. 2) Communicate relevant school vaccination coverage and exemption estimates to schools, state/local departments of education, and other stakeholders to ensure individuals in child care and school settings are protected against VPDs.Chapter J and L: Work with partners to promote continuous quality improvement and implement methods to increase vaccination coverage for adolescents and adults.