Older Adult Health Disparities and Vaccines in Missouri

On September 24, 2015, we had the pleasure of having Ryan Barker, the current Vice President of Health Policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health, present on Older Adult Health Disparities in Missouri. If you missed it, here is his presentation!

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Vaccines “Lickety Split” Pneumonia and Influenza

Each Quarterly Coalition Meeting, GIC would like to provide brief vaccine and disease information to educate, update, and remind constituents of vaccine preventable illnesses and recommendations. The September 24th, 2015 meeting featured information on Pneumonia and Influenza.

Please click here GIC Flu-Pneumonia Presentation 

For more detailed information about Pneumonia, Influenza, or other Vaccine Preventable diseases and their vaccines, please visit Pink Book  or Vaccine Information Statements by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.




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For more information on how to become a MCFHC member, please visit: http://stl-mcfhc.org/get-involved/join-mcfhc/

The different membership types and benefits are described below.


Awards Dinner: Standing up for Mothers and Babies

Standing Up for Mothers and Babies Awards Dinner is a wonderful opportunity for St. Louis to celebrate the achievements of those who have worked so diligently to improve the health of the community. This event will continue to inspire you to fight for the health of every mother and baby in our region.

When: October 8, 2015 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where:  Chase Park Plaza – Starlight Ballroom
212 South Kingshighway Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Cost: 100$/person  $1,000/table of 10
To Register, please visit MCFHC Events or copy and paste the following link to your browser: https://51358.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=300



Quarterly Coalition Meeting! September 24, 2015

On September 24, 2015, at 8:30 A.M our next quarterly coalition meeting will be held (featuring a continental breakfast, networking opportunities, and great discussion) at the following location:

St. Charles Community Health and the Environment Department

1650 Boone’s Lick Road

St. Charles, MO 63301

Ryan Barker MSW, MPPA, the current Vice President of Health Policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health, will be presenting on Older Adult Health Disparities in Missouri. According to Barker, this topic will explore the specific health issues that impact older Missourians, as well as the disparities that impact minority
populations within this age cohort. As Missouri continues to age, attention
must be given to the health needs of this population, as well as the
availability and cost of services. In 2011, there were 854,652 Missourians
age 65 or older (14.2% of the population). This age demographic is projected
to reach 1,414,266 people (21% of the population) by 2030. This session will
explore the implications of what this growing demographic means for

For more information on Ryan Barker, please visit Missouri Foundation for Health

To register for the meeting, please click the following link: https://51358.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=300                            Select “Gateway Immunization Coalition Mtg 9.24.15

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We encourage participation in any and all meetings posted on our MCFHC registration site. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)


(image provided by National Public Health Information Coalition)

Thanks to the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC), this year’s NIAM comes accompanied by a toolkit that focuses on promotion and benefits of vaccinations for different age groups.

Week 1 (Aug 2-8) focuses on Preteens and Teens. Topics of great importance include HPV, Influenza, TDap, back to school, staying up to date with vaccinations and getting booster shots.

Week 2 (Aug 9-15) concentrates on Pregnant Women. Pregnant women are encouraged to stay up to date with vaccinations (especially MMR) before pregnancy and receive both flu and whooping cough vaccinations during pregnancy to pass along immunity to the baby for the first 6 months after birth.

Week 3 (Aug 16-22) centers around Adults. This population is prompted to stay up to date with booster shots, flu vaccinations, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Older adults are encouraged to receive Zoster and Pneumococcal vaccinations because of their higher risk for complications with vaccine preventable diseases especially if already suffering from other health conditions.

Week 4 (Aug 23-29)  targets Infants and Children. Infants and children receive the bulk of vaccinations before the age of 2 in order to combat the detrimental effects of vaccine preventable diseases. Whooping cough for infants and children can result in debilitating complications or even death, though may not be as serious for older children and adults. Immunizing this population on time is of extreme importance.

The toolkit also provides immunization resources, activities, and promotional tools. For more information on immunizations and the NIAM toolkit, please see the following links:

NPHIC toolkit: https://www.nphic.org/niam

CDC NIAM: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html

US DHHS NIAM: http://healthfinder.gov/NHO/Augusttoolkit.aspx