About Us

TAPI is a non-profit statewide coalition of over 400 members. TAPI was formed in response to the alarming fact that in 1993, only 43% of Arizona’s two-year-olds were fully immunized against preventable childhood diseases like measles, mumps, polio and whooping cough. Through the efforts of TAPI’s partners from both the public and private sectors, immunization coverage rates in Arizona have improved dramatically, with nearly three in four children fully immunized by age two. Unfortunately, the problem never ends. Each year in Arizona almost 90,000 babies are born, and none arrive immunized.

Mission

We foster community wellness and advocate for good public policy and best immunization practices.

Goals

To deliver age appropriate immunizations by the year 2030 to at least 90% of Arizona’s two-year-old children before their second birthday and to encourage appropriate immunizations through the lifespan.

Members

  • Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
  • County Health Departments, Community Health Centers and Fire Departments
  • Commercial and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations
  • The Arizona Medical Association, the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Arizona Chapter of the American Association of Family Physicians and the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Corporations, private foundations, professional organizations and children’s advocacy groups

TAPI PROJECTS

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) 

In 2011 and again in 2017, Arizona has had the unique honor of being chosen as the launch state for National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) campaign. The Arizona Partnership for Immunization along with state and local health departments invited our guests and partners to join in the effort to keep babies healthy. Each year we participate in this important campaign and we need your help in educating family, friends and co-workers about how we can protect our newborns from the serious risks of pertussis (whooping cough). Vaccinating teens and adults with the Tdap vaccine helps protect those in our community that are not protected yet from pertussis. For more information visit our Pertussis Page and learn how you can help Surround Your Loved Ones With A Vaccinated Family. 


Big Shots for Arizona Awards Dinner

Each year, TAPI hosts Big Shots for Arizona Awards Dinner recognition event. This celebration recognizes organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves by improving the health and wellness of Arizona’s communities and the lives of Arizona children through increasing immunization rates.  Practices are honored with the Toddler Cloud Awards or Teen Cloud Award, recognizing 90% or above immunization rates in their offices. The dinner also features over 300 attendees It is always an event to remember. You can locate a Cloud Award Winning practice by clicking the home page and then Locate a Cloud Provider.


10 Things Parents Need to Know about Why We Immunize

“10 Things Parents Need to Know about Why We Immunize” is a 1.5 hour training that introduces parents and trainers to 10 science-centered, evidence-based concepts about why parents should vaccinate their children. It answers common questions and misconceptions surrounding vaccines and helps people distinguishing facts from myths. Participants will also be provided credible vaccine online resources for parents with Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) CHEC credits available.


Training on Immunization Practice Strategies (TIPS)

TAPI, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services Immunization Program, presents free trainings that improve immunization practices in public and private providers’ offices. Participants receive valuable information on immunization friendly office practices, vaccine handling, state requirements, how to give shots and the state immunization registry. For more information or to see the schedule visit our Provider Page or call 602-288-7568 for more information.


Medical Billing and Reimbursement Program

TAPI has a statewide billing program that assists county health departments and other public sector programs in obtaining reimbursement from insurance companies for services provided to insured clients.  The aim of this billing program is to help sustain safety net services.  For more information, contact Patty Gast at PattyG@tapi.org or David Babani at DavidB@tapi.org .


Teen Vaccine Campaign

The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) has a teen, young adult  and parent focused teen vaccination campaign educating about the Tdap, meningococcal and HPV vaccines.  The campaign targets provider education as well as parent and teen outreach. The parent focused campaign is Protect Me with 3 – reminding parents that their kids still need them to protect them and help with healthy decisions. The teen campaign is Take Control and addresses the vaccines that teens need to have to keep healthy as they begin to take control of their lives such as – off to college, driving and even health decisions.  We also have a campaign titled Off to College focusing on those headed to college and the vaccines they need. Posters, flyers and reminder recall postcards are available on our Free Materials page.


HPV Workgroup

TAPI has been working in collaboration with the American Cancer Society to revive the HPV Conversations Work Group.  The purpose of this work group is to share information, collaborate and to support research related to improving the HPV vaccination rates in Arizona.


Mass Vaccination and POD Training for Medics

TAPI is working with Maricopa County, Phoenix and Mesa Fire Dept. to develop a new Mass Vaccination online training for Medics.  Objectives are being re-aligned to exclude extraneous information that is no longer necessary due to additional vaccination training that has been included in their SOPs.


Free Resources and Training

TAPI offers free parent education materials and training for medical staff on immunization delivery. TAPI can also help your agency connect with partners for projects/resources. Order materials or call 602-288-7568 for more information.

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If you need a factually accurate Q&A for COVID-19 vaccines in Spanish this is a great link to save: https://www.unidosus.org/issues/health/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-span

VACCINE EVENT: We're giving second dose COVID-19 shots to those who had their first dose on May 12th at St. Vincent de Paul School in Phoenix TOMORROW June 11 from 9am to 4pm. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring a form of ID. For questions or to make an appointment, call 2-1-1.

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