2019 State of Maine: Immunization Cooperative Agreement - Project Abstract
The Maine Immunization Program (MIP) will use Cooperative Agreement Funds to increase the
number of children and adolescents vaccinated against vaccine preventable diseases. MIP will
use the awarded funds to improve program strategies enhancing programmatic accountability,
assessing program performance, assuring access to vaccine across a very large geographic area,
utilizing and enhancing our Immunization Information System (IIS), and participating in
Vaccine management activities will be implemented to ensure efficient, timely, and costeffective
vaccine supply. The program will perform vaccine inventory reviews, submit orders,
and segment inventory with available funding. MIP is working with stakeholders to educate them
on the importance of vaccine accountability and requiring all enrolled providers complete CDC
developed training modules and adhere to the Vaccine Replacement Procedure.
MIP has identified resources and activities that focus on improved immunization coverage for
children, adolescents, adults, and special populations. MIP will identify which vaccine(s) will be
targeted for each group and baseline and target vaccination coverage rates will be identified. MIP
will focus efforts on ensuring that coverage disparities continue to decrease through increasing
outreach activities to these populations.
Provider enrollment and engagement is a critical aspect of program services. MIP will continue
recruit new providers including non-traditional providers, providers serving adolescents, and
newly licensed providers serving VFC-eligible children. MIP will meaningfully engage
American Indian tribal governments and organizations. MIP will visit 100% of the tribes to
collaborate on activities to increase immunization rates in the tribal population. MIP will work
with birthing hospitals to review their policies to identify and treat infants born to HBsAgpositive
mothers. MIP will also conduct case management to assure that infants born to HBsAgpositive
mothers complete their hepatitis B vaccine series and receive PVST on schedule.
MIP will continue to use IIS standards and best practices to advance the State’s IIS capabilities.
MIP will increase the number of providers with bi-directional interfaces with per dose reporting
as well as maintaining the 95% of all enrolled providers that report per dose immunization
administrations into the IIS. The program will work to increase the number of records for
children in the IIS that contain an accurate phone number to aid in collection of NIS data.
In conjunction with public health preparedness programs, MIP has developed plans for vaccinepreventable
disease outbreaks through vaccination. These plans will be utilized in preparedness
exercises performed by the Maine Centers for Disease Control. The program will work with new
and existing partners, especially those who serve high risk and underserved populations to
increase vaccine uptake in outbreak settings.