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Specialty Societies Advancing Adult Immunization (SSAAI)


Award Granted

ATS is one of seven specialty societies to be awarded a grant from the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and CDC to increase COVID-19, influenza, and routine vaccination rates among high-risk adult patients nationally. Specifically, ATS will focus on high-risk adult respiratory patients.

Using a quality improvement approach, ATS will partner with and fund 7-10 health care systems to test and implement interventions to improve vaccine uptake over the course of the 5-year award.

ATS will identify member QI champions to promote immunization improvement in respiratory health and serve as advocates to the ATS community, supporting other health systems in their efforts to increase vaccine coverage.

ATS will review and update ATS immunization policy statements, clinical guidance, and member and patient educational materials and share those with the broader membership.

Currently, ATS is in the process of securing partnerships with a small number of pilot health systems to begin this work.


Find Out More

If you are interested in finding out more about this initiative, please contact Amy F. Stern, Senior Director, Vaccine Initiatives.


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ATS Accelerating Adult Immunization Expert Panel Members and Staff

Name Home Institution
Justin Ortiz, MD, MS University of Maryland
Tina Hartert, MD, MPH Vanderbilt University
Lynn K. Fukushima, RN, MSN, CCRC University of Southern California
Charles Dela Cruz, MD, PhD, ATSF Yale University
Mark L. Metersky, MD University of Connecticut Health Center
Isaretta L. Riley, MD, MPH Duke University
Vidya Krishnan, MD, MHS, ATSF Metro Health Medical Center
Marianna Martin Sockrider, MD, DrPH, ATSF Texas Children's Hospital
Dona J. Upson, MD, MA, ATSF Veterans Administration
Laura C. Feemster, MSc, MD University of Washington
Donna J. Appell, RN Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network Inc.
David M. Mannino, MD University of Kentucky
Michele Manion Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation
Kimberly Fisher, MD, MSc UMass Chan Medical School
Amy Stern, MPH ATS
Anna Hrovat, MPH ATS