Immunization Awards

Congratulations to the 2014 Immunization Award winners! The awards were presented on October 27 at the Got Your Shots Immunization Conference.

Giebink Award

The G. Scott Giebink Award for Excellence in Immunization is given annually to an organization that exhibits leadership, good strategy, and strong advocacy for immunization.

  • 2014 Winner
    Laura Schwartzwald, RPh and GuidePoint Pharmacy
    When Crow Wing County Public Health had to stop providing influenza vaccine in rural areas of the county, Laura Schwartwald, owner of GuidePoint Pharmacy, said her pharmacy would do it. She stated that it was the thing to do to assure there were no barriers for anyone who wanted their flu shot. She has been committed to getting vaccination data into the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) and has utilized her position on the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy to educate pharmacists on the importance of MIIC. Laura and GuidePoint Pharmacy has shown dedication to patient care through commitment to providing immunizations in the Crow Wing County community.

County Awards

Pediatric award criteria:

  • Population based: 4 categories, based on number of 2 year olds residing in the county
  • Counties were assessed for coverage of the 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 series (4+ DTaP, 3+ polio, 1+ MMR, full series Hib, 3+ hep B, 1+ varicella, and 4+ PCV)
  • Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) data as of August 1, 2014

Pediatric rate winners:

  • Brown County (population 0 to 349 peds patients)
  • Nicollet County (population 350 to 999 peds patients)
  • Sherburne County (population 1,000 to 4,000 peds patients)
  • Dakota County (population greater than 4,000 peds patients)

Adolescent award criteria:

  • Population based: 4 categories, based on number of 13 to 17 year olds residing in the county
  • Counties were assessed for coverage of the 3:1:1 series (3 HPV, 1 Tdap, 1 MCV4)
  • Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) data as of August 1, 2014

Adolescent rate winners:

  • Mahnomen County (less than 1,000 adolescents)
  • Dodge County (between 1,000 and 9,000 adolescents)
  • Olmsted County (between 9,000 and 30,000 adolescents)
  • Anoka County (more than 30,000 adolescents)

Clinic Awards

Pediatric award criteria:

  • Clinics were assessed for coverage of the 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 series (4+ DTaP, 3+ polio, 1+ MMR, full series Hib, 3+ hep B, 1+ varicella, and 4+ PCV) for all 2 year olds
  • Each site had more than 20 two year olds in the practice
  • Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) data as of August 1, 2014
  • Top provider in each tercile (small, medium, large)

Pediatric rate winners:

  • Sanford Clinic Mountain Lake (small clinic)
  • Mankato Clinic at Daniels Health Center (medium clinic)
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato (large clinic)

Adolescent award criteria:

  • Clinics were assessed for coverage of 3:1:1 series (3 HPV, 1 Tdap, 1 MCV4)
  • Each site had more than 20 13 to 17 year olds in the practice
  • Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) data for 13 to 17 year olds as of August 1, 2014
  • Top provider in each tercile (small, medium, large)

Pediatric rate winners:

  • HealthPartners Riverway Clinic – Coon Rapids OB/GYN (small clinic)
  • Allina Health Centennial Lakes Clinic (medium clinic)
  • HealthStart (large clinic)

Updated Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 12:21PM