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Evidence Dissemination & Implementation

ATS Vaccine Initiative

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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 patients with respiratory conditions.

ATS is partnering with and funding 8 health care systems across the United States over the course of the award to test and implement strategies to improve vaccine uptake using a Quality Improvement approach. 

The ATS partner health systems are: 

  • Grady Health 
  • Meharry Medical College 
  • University of Arizona/Banner Health 
  • University of California San Francisco/San Francisco Health Network 
  • University of Colorado 
  • St. Luke’s Health System 
  • Wayne Health 
  • West Virginia University Hospitals Inc. 

As part of this initiative, ATS will also: 

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

Find Out More

If you are interested in finding out more about this initiative, please contact Amy F. Stern, Managing Director, Evidence Dissemination & Intervention. 

Helpful Resources 

ATS Vaccine Initiative Advisory Panel Members and Staff

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