First Nurse Appointed to Key CDC Immunization Committee Honored with ANA Immunity Award for April

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Patricia Stinchfield, who set precedent as the first nurse ever appointed to a key Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee on preventing national disease outbreaks, has earned the American Nurses Association (ANA) Immunity Award for April 2011.

Stinchfield, MS, RN, CPNP, director of infectious disease services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, was appointed in 2004 by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to a four-year term as a voting member on CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The committee, made up of 15 national experts, provides guidance on the control of vaccine-preventable diseases and has a strong influence on the nation’s immunization clinical policy. Stinchfield now serves as the liaison member representative to ACIP from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Her award comes during National Infant Immunization Week, April 23-30, a CDC initiative to heighten awareness of 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.