HIPHI co-hosted the 14th National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships (NCICP) with the Hawaiʻi Immunization Coalition (HIC) on November 13-15. After months of planning, an engaging lineup and over 250 people registered, the conference day had finally arrived. While NCICP was a success, it was not without its challenges.

On the morning of the event, unavoidable circumstances resulted in a venue change for day two and three, and limited space in the original venue for day one.  HIPHI and HIC rallied together to notify attendees (who had traveled from over 30 states and 5 territories/countries), and moved the conference to the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Attendees spent the following days immersed in sessions covering improved immunization protection, educating our communities, and preventing disease amongst children and their families. Collaboration and partnership was an overarching theme, and the recent measles outbreak in Samoa underscores the importance of this work.

Attendees learned from key speakers including Nancy Messonnier, M.D. (Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases), Amy Pisani (Vaccinate Your Family: The Next Generation of Every Child By Two), and Nadine Gartner, M.D., and Joel Amundsen, M.D. (Boost Oregon). Isabelleza Kris Tabios, Hawaii’s 2019 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion,  was recognized for her tireless efforts to make the world a healthier place.

HIPHI would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our speakers, conference planning committee members, sponsors and exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees for their contributions to the conference and their flexibility. We would also like to thank the Ala Moana Hotel, Hawai‘i Convention Center, HIPHI and HIC staff for going above and beyond to make this conference a success.