Please join us for our two-part program:

RISE Together: Advancing Childhood Immunization Rates through Collaboration




The New Jersey Department of Health, Vaccine Preventable Disease Program, and Rutgers School of Public Health are pleased to present the 2023 New Jersey Immunization Conference: RISE Together: Advancing Childhood Immunization Rates through Collaboration. This year conference is offered in two-parts and separate registration is required for each part.

Part 1: VFC/NJIIS Updates The VFC Storage and Handling Annual Education presentation will provide an overview of the VFC site visit and commonly identified challenges, including vaccine accountability and temperature excursions. This training will fulfill the annual VFC education requirement for providers. In addition, the NJIIS team will provide an overview of NJIIS, how to manually enter vaccines into NJIIS, troubleshoot interface data issues, and provide best practices. 

Date: Tuesday, June 6th, from 10 am - 12 pm


PLEASE NOTE: All VFC Providers who wish to receive VFC annual education training credit for this session MUST register for and log into the webinar individually using the email address they have listed in NJIIS. Credit will only be given to participants who register, log in, and complete the training in full.

Part 2: Rise Together virtual conference will focus on collaborative community efforts to increase childhood immunization rates by engaging diverse groups of stakeholders. Healthcare providers, public health officials, and community leaders will share innovative strategies and solutions they’ve implemented to reach local vaccination goals, ensuring that all children have access to the life-saving benefits of immunization. Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 9:30 am-1:45 pm

Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 9:30 am-1:45 pm


Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CE), and Health Education (CHES/MCHES) credits will be will be provided for both programs.


-    Explain how to manually enter vaccines into NJIIS.

-    Identify key requirements for a VFC compliance visit and the role of the provider.

-    Describe short-term actions to support routine vaccination catch-up after the pandemic.

-    Recognize reasons for vaccine hesitancy and tactics for effective patient communication.

-    Explain New Jersey's current immunization initiatives and highlight the state's 

      successes in promoting vaccination coverage.

 -   Identify strategies for dealing with vaccine hesitancy among parents and caregivers.

 -   Explain common barriers that cause low immunization rates among school-aged children.

 -   Understand the role of a Public Health Strategist in promoting health equity.


Tuesday, June 6, 2023 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Rise Together

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

9:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.


June 6, 2023- VFC/ NJIIS Updates

Ramona Braddock

VFC Field Operations Supervisor

Public Health Representative

New Jersey Department of Health Vaccine Preventable Disease Program

Aneri Shah, PharmD

Vaccine Management Specialist

NJ VFC Program

Patricia Kaiser

 NJIIS Program Coordinator, Recruiter/Trainer for Central Jersey Family Health Consortium

Teresa Rowe,  MPH

 NJIIS Recruiter/Trainer for Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey

June 21, 2023 - Rise Together

 Meg Fisher, MD, FAAP

New Jersey Department of Health Office of the Commissioner

Kathleen J Holmes, MPH

Public Health Analyst 

CDC Immunization Services Division

Joseph Schwab, MD

Associate Professor/ Department of Pediatrics

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Jessica Steier, DrPh, PMP

CEO& Co-Founder, Vital Statistics Consulting

Co-Host, Unbiased Science Podcast

Andrea Love, Ph.D

Executive Director, American Lyme Disease Foundation; Co-Host, The Unbiased Science Podcast

Rachel Evans, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Henry J. Austin Health Center 

Micah Freeman, MSN, RN

Supervisor of Nurses

City of Trenton Public School District  

Margy Jahn, MS, MPH

Health Officer

Freehold Health Department

Zachary Ehrlich, MPH, REHS

Adolescent/Adult Immunization Coordinator

Vaccine Preventable Disease Program 

Communicable Disease Service 

New Jersey Department of Health

 (file name is Mbaeyi --)


Sarah Meyer, MD, MPH 

Medical Officer, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC


Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Colorado Pediatric Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN), Professor, Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases


Ethan Lindenberger

Science and Vaccine Advocate Speaking on Impacts of Vaccine Misinformation


Diane Arnaout, MD

Pediatrician, Cook Children's Pediatrics, Fort Worth, Texas