August 13-15   |   Portland, OR




Collaborating with both local and national professionals, dynamic speakers will cover a wide range of topics around best practices and current immunization strategies designed for a diverse field of health care professionals.

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The NWIC kicks off with an invigorating day of nationally recognized speakers discussing strategies to address vaccine hesitancy and further the discussion around immunizations in the community. The opening day includes educational workshops, clinical skills building, and opportunities to network and learn from fellow immunization stakeholders. Expert plenary speakers will discuss strategies to improve provider communication around immunizations. Educational workshops will cover vaccine program management, administration of immunizations, understanding vaccine safety, and public health advocacy. 

Keynote Speaker

Ari Brown

Talking with Parents about Vaccine Concerns

Pediatrician & Author
She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School. She has been in private practice for over 20 years and is the Founder and CEO of 411 Pediatrics in Austin, Texas. Her passion to educate families about children’s health goes beyond the office. She is the author of the best selling “411” parenting book series including Expecting 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Pregnancy, Baby 411, and Toddler 411. She has appeared on numerous national news and talk shows including the Today Show, CNN, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Rachael Ray. She is a trusted voice for children’s health, serving as a medical advisor for Parents Magazine and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She speaks to healthcare professionals and parenting groups across the country regarding accurate and compassionate health communications with families. Dr. Brown has received the prestigious Dr. Ralph Feigin Award and the American Academy of Pediatrics advocacy award.

Advocating for Policies to Restore Community Immunity

Plenary Speaker

Richard Pan


Dr. Richard Pan is a pediatrician, former UC Davis educator and State Senator proudly representing counties in Sacramento. Dr. Pan chairs the Senate Committee on Health and the Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. He also chairs the Senate Select Committees on Children with Special Needs, Asian Pacific Islander Affairs and the 2020 United States Census. He serves on the Senate Committees on Agriculture; Business, Professions and Economic Development; and Education. First elected to the State Assembly in 2010, Dr. Pan strives to keep our communities safe and healthy.  When local governments planned to close fire stations during the recession, Dr. Pan authored legislation to bring over $100 million in federal funds for fire departments including $6 million for the Sacramento region.  He partnered with law enforcement and local businesses to establish a statewide database to catch thieves attempting to sell stolen property to pawnshops, and he authored legislation to allow campus police to use body cameras. TIME magazine called Dr. Pan a “hero” when he authored landmark legislation to abolish non-medical exemptions to legally required vaccines for school students, thereby restoring community immunity from preventable contagions.  Dr. Pan also authored one of the most expansive state laws regulating health plans eliminating denials for pre-existing conditions and prohibited discrimination by health status and medical history. He demands transparency and accountability in state health programs; holding hearings on reducing fraud, investigating poor access to dental care, and ensuring children with cancer and other serious conditions have access to pediatric specialty care. Dr. Pan provided leadership in enrolling families for health coverage, resulting in halving the number of uninsured in California, and he sponsored numerous health fairs providing resources including free glasses, dental screenings, and vaccines. Dr. Pan co-founded and served as chair of Healthy Kids Healthy Future, where he helped secure health, dental and vision coverage for over 65,000 children in the Sacramento area. He helped create the Sacramento Health Improvement Project, bringing together doctors, hospitals, clinics and community leaders to ensure that all Sacramento County residents have access to primary health care. Dr. Pan also serves on the United Way California Capitol Region Board and served on the BloodSource board and the Sacramento First Five Commission. For his leadership in education and community development, Dr. Pan has been recognized with the Campus Compact's Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning and the Physician Humanitarian Award from the Medical Board of California.


Plenary Speaker

Joel Amundson

The Vaccine Hesitancy Crisis


Joel A. Amundson, MD is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He graduated with honors from Oberlin College in 1998, after which he went on to receive his medical degree in 2003 from one of the country’s top-tier medical schools, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After a four month medical volunteer trip to Africa, he returned to complete residency training at the University of Wisconsin in 2006 and at last moved to Oregon. Dr. Joel is passionate about improving medical care for children through thoughtful, evidence-based medicine. He likes to remain engaged with the community on topics related to children's health. He has received several awards for his work, including the John L. Stevenson Award for Excellence in General Pediatrics at Randall Children’s Hospital, and the CDC’s Immunization Champion award for the State of Oregon. As president emeritus of Boost Oregon, a non-profit organization providing education about children’s vaccines, he sits on the medical advisory board and regularly offers workshops and lectures for the community and local healthcare organizations. He is a big advocate of small, personal medical clinics, and assists other physicians in establishing pediatric practices of their own

Quality assurance program manager

Rex Larsen has been with the Oregon Immunization Program since 2012, first as a public health educator, and now as the Quality Improvement Program Manager. He attended Portland State University and was awarded a BS in Public Health and Exercise Science. Before coming to the immunization program Rex worked in a variety of public health settings including primary prevention, and residential psychiatric facilities. As the Quality Improvement Program Manager Rex is one of the program’s subject matter experts on immunization data and quality improvement, and has worked extensively at the provider and health system levels to improve immunization rates in Oregon.

rex larsen


Oregon Health Authority

Clinical & Quality Assurance Scetion Manager

Kathy Bay has been a nurse for 34 years obtaining her B.S.N. from University of Tennessee, a Master’s in Nursing from University of Washington and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of San Francisco. Kathy served in the United States Navy Nurse Corps for 20 years in locations both in the United States and overseas. After retiring from the US Navy Nurse Corps, Kathy served as the Emergency Department Director and then Chief Nursing Officer for an 80 bed community hospital in Washington. Kathy has worked with the Department of Health since 2016 and as the manager for Clinical & Quality Assurance in the Office of Immunizations and Child Profile since December 2018.

Kathy Bay


Washington Department of Health

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Knowledgeable speakers will host educational breakout sessions covering a variety of subjects to advance vaccination practices through community outreach and engagement, vaccine research and safety, skill-building using best practices, and immunization program management.

r.N., B.S.N., M.E.M.

Vaccine Administration Techniques & Strategies for Improving Uptake

Deschutes County Health Services - PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE, immunization program

Jill Johnson is a Public Health Nurse at Deschutes County Health Department in Bend, Oregon.  Her primary responsibilities are infectious disease investigation as part of the Communicable Disease Team and coordination of the Immunization Program. 

She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management with a focus in stream ecology from Portland State University.  Over the past 29 years, she has worked in a variety of nursing specialties including intensive care, pre- and post-operative care, and nursing in schools. She changed gears for 5 years midstream and worked for her county’s Environmental Health Division in collaboration with the Oregon DEQ and USGS on a study looking at the occurrence and transport of nitrates and bacteria in groundwater.  She has found her niche in public health nursing and has been the coordinator for the Central Oregon Regional Immunization Improvement Project for the past 3 years. The project is a successful example of local efforts to optimize immunization services and improve vaccination coverage.

Holly Groom

Vaccine Safety and Research

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research - Senior Research Associate

Holly Groom, MPH, is a Senior Research Associate at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon. Since 2013, she has worked on the Vaccine Safety Datalink project, focusing on studies of vaccine safety. Prior to that, she worked as an Epidemiologist in health services research with the Centers for Disease Control’s Immunization Services Division, working on research related to immunization uptake at CDC from 2003-2008, and as a field assignee in the Oregon Immunization Program from 2009-2013.

Stephanie irving

Vaccine Safety and Research

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research - Senior Research Associate

Stephanie Irving, MHS, is a Senior Research Associate at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon. Since receiving her Master of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health she has focused on research surrounding vaccine safety, effectiveness, and uptake. She has more than ten years of experience on the CDC-funded Vaccine Safety Datalink, the county’s foremost post-market vaccine safety surveillance system.

Allison Naleway

Vaccine Safety and Research

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research - Associate Director, Science Programs

Dr. Allison Naleway is the site Principal Investigator for the Vaccine Safety Datalink, a national project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that links automated medical records data from several integrated health care delivery.organizations to monitor vaccine safety. She has collaborated with the CDC on studies to assess the effectiveness of influenza vaccination during pregnancy, influenza vaccine choice and effectiveness in health care workers, and the early effect of human papillomavirus vaccination on HPV-related outcomes.

Minot Cleveland

Community Health Advocacy

Legacy Health - Medical Director, Employee Health

An expert in health promotion and preventive medicine, Dr. Minot Cleveland is the Medical Director of Employee Health for Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon. HE was the first Project Director of "Active Living by Design in Three Oregon Communities," a grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Dr. Cleveland is an accomplished speaker on physical activity, health promotion, health benefits of nature, and physical education. Dr. Cleveland was the 2003 President of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.  He is a founding member of the Physical Education for All Kids (PEAK) Coalition of Oregon.  Dr. Cleveland is a long-time volunteer for the American Heart Association and was the 1996-97 President of the American Heart Association - Oregon Affiliate.  Nominated by the AHA as a “Community Hero” for his efforts to promote physical activity, Dr. Cleveland was a Torchbearer in the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay.  In 2000 the Northwest Affiliate of the AHA presented him with its first Golden Advocate Award for helping pass legislation in Oregon to create statewide standards in physical education.


Community Health Advocacy


A ten-year veteran in healthcare non-profit government affairs, Christina is the Oregon Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association.  Christina endeavors to be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of all Oregonians.  Advocating for research-based policy changes at both the state and local level, the American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.  Previous organizations include the Oregon Dental Association and the American Lung Association.


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National vaccine experts from the CDC will present a two-day comprehensive review of immunization principles, vaccine recommendations and the diseases they prevent. The course will feature the most current age-appropriate immunization information from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).   

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - Nurse Educator

JoEllen Wolicki is a Nurse Educator with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Communication and Education Branch. Before joining CDC in 2010, she served for 14 years as a Nurse Consultant with the immunization program of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. At the Michigan immunization program, she worked with multiple programs. At CDC, JoEllen serves as a committee member of several work groups for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), contributes to the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases textbook (the Pink Book), and works on many immunization training and educational materials and programs. She travels throughout the United States to educate healthcare providers on immunization. JoEllen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Detroit/Mercy.

joellen wolicki


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Plenary Speaker

national center  for immunization and respiratory diseases - medical officer

Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH, graduated from Yale University in 1998 with a joint MD/MPH, concentrating in International Health. He trained in Pediatrics for two years at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland before transferring to Emory University where he specialized in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He is board-certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Since 2003 he has worked at CDC in the National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. As one of the traveling trainers in the Education, Information and Partnership Branch, Dr. Kroger presents on topics that include immunization updates and pandemic influenza preparedness. He is also involved with some of the new distance learning activities of the branch, including the Current Issues in Immunization Series delivered through NetConferencing, and is the lead author of the newest editionn of CDC’s General Recommendations on Immunization.

Andrew Kroger


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Plenary Speaker

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Immunize Oregon is proud to have been selected to host national experts from the CDC to present the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (Pink Book) course at this year's Northwest Immunization Conference! A coalition originally established at Oregon Health Authority, Immunize Oregon has transitioned to Legacy Health sponsorship over the last year and will continue building an integrative network of immunization partners to strengthen community outreach initiatives. With a mission to prevent diseases through community partnerships, clinical expertise, and immunization policies based on current science, we strive to enhance community immunity with health programs that integrate local priorities and represent the unique values that exist in Oregon.

jessica daniels




Jessica's passion to understand the origins of health conditions and discover opportunities to prevent diseases was shaped by her clinical and administrative experiences in health care. While obtaining her B.S. in Public Health at Oregon State University, she worked part-time as a nursing assistant (CNA) in Portland and cared for nursing home residents with a variety of physical, behavioral, and mental health disorders. Upon graduation, Jessica interned with the Infection Control team at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and later accepted a position at a Legacy Health primary care clinic. Joining the Legacy Employee Health team, Jessica is responsible for coordinating the annual flu immunization campaign that hosts mass vaccination clinics throughout the region. Outside of flu season, she participated on the Employee Wellness and Good Health Committee, introducing the new Passport to Good Health that presented summer wellness activities in the area. Taking on the Immunize Oregon coalition, she is eager to combine her skills and knowledge to fill the Coordinator role and dedicated to achieving health equity in our communities. Jessica is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health through Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University, with an anticipated graduation in Spring 2020. When she has free time, Jessica enjoys, exploring, hiking and camping in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Whether it's relaxing on a beach in Pacific City, white-water rafting the Deschutes River through Maupin, or playing in the snow at Mt. Hood, she adores spending time with her friends, family, significant other, and her big, red German Shepherd dog named Pavlov. 


bryan goodin



Legacy Health - MANAGER, Employee HEALTH 

Bryan has been a germ nerd since the 1990’s.  A hantavirus outbreak in his home town while he was an EMT sparked his passion in prevention and response to infectious diseases.  During his 15-year public health career Bryan has held leadership roles in immunization policy, occupational safety, community outreach, emergency preparedness and disease outbreak response.  Bryan holds a BS: Sociology; MPH: Policy; and is nearly finished with the RN bridge program. He currently manages the Department of Employee Health at Legacy Health, with clinics spread across a regional system of 8 hospitals.  The department provides immunizations, preventive services, and responds to outbreaks for over 24,000 personnel and dependents.  Bryan is also Chairperson for the Immunize Oregon Coalition, and has provided hundreds of presentations, trainings, or legislative testimony on a variety of immunization and epidemiology topics. Bryan spends his free time enjoying: amateur microscopy, urban gardening, raising bees, cooking, drinking microbrews and camping with his husband. 




The three-day Northwest Immunization Conference will bring together over 1200 professionals from a variety of disciplines across the nation. The curriculum will focus on evidence-based immunization topics and sharing of best practices. Agency badges or other ID will be requested upon conference check in. We encourage networking, discussion and will provide specific agenda time for questions. Interruptions, impoliteness, or disruptive behavior will result in forfeit of NWIC registration, hotel fees and dismissal from the event.  

The planning committee, presenters, and funding agencies treat potential or perceived conflicts of interest very seriously. All potential conflicts will be disclosed by presenters and strict limitations exist on any non-educational activities or materials utilized with the clinical education provided at NWIC.