REGISTRATION OPEN: K-12 Teacher Workshop at UW-La Crosse, “Local to Global: Promoting Community Immunity”

Registration for the IRIS-UW La Crosse one-day teacher workshop, on FRIDAY, August 23rd, is now open:*

The cost, which includes lunch and coffee breaks, is $35 for in-service teachers, $20 for pre-service teachers.

The keynote speaker and head master mind for this event is Dr. James Conway, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases and who works on programs, both locally and globally, to improve children’s lives. Dr. Conway is a professor at the UW-Madison Medical School. He is the Associate Director for Health Sciences at UW-Madison’s Global Health Institute and is a fellow of the American Association of Pediatrics in the Sections of Infectious Diseases and International Child Health. In addition, he is the Chair of the UW Immunization Task Force.

In addition to Dr. Conway, La Crosse-area infectious-disease and community-health specialists will take part in this event.

This workshop will address the following learning objectives:

  • Examine key benefits of childhood and youth-related immunizations;
  • Perceive the meaning and value of herd immunity;
  • Utilize examples of communicable disease outbreaks in unvaccinated persons (e.g., current measles epidemic in U.S., 2014-15 Disneyland measles outbreak, etc.);
  • Recommend sources of accurate information regarding the meaning and value of immunizations;
  • Identify key learning opportunities in the curriculum for immunization-related benefit discussions;
  • Develop reasonable next steps to be taken at the school work site and other community-based settings to advocate for age-appropriate immunizations.

Pre-service and in-service teachers, school librarians, and school nurses are welcome to take part!