The George Washington University (GW) has a long history of collaborative research with the public health community. Research related to immunization law and policy is recognized for its relevance to public health practice, and related studies have frequently resulted in the development of tools for public health practice and policy.
The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) was created in 1999 to enable immunization managers to work together to effectively prevent and control vaccine-preventable diseases and improve immunization coverage in the United States and its territories. Through national leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, AIM represents and supports immunization programs in the development and implementation of effective immunization policies, programs, and practices at the state, local, and territorial level. AIM membership includes representatives from all 64 state, territorial and local National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) grantees. These grantees, or Project Areas, include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Chicago, New York City, Houston, San Antonio and Philadelphia.
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. IAC also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, health care organizations, and government health agencies.
This partnership has been supported by funding from Pfizer Inc., Merck & Co., and GlaxoSmithKline, none of which provide any input into the content of the project. The project is interested in identifying additional sources of funding to maintain and expand the website.