Clinic and Public Health Receive Shot in the Arm

Clinic and Public Health Receive Shot in the Arm

Two departments of Beartooth Billings Clinic recently received awards from Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) at the 2017 Immunization Regional Workshop held in Billings. 

Carbon County Public Health and the Physician Clinic departments each received the AFIX Improvement Award. This award is presented to Montana’s top five most improved clinics in each category based on size, over a three year period for the childhood immunization series. Entities must have at least a 60% up-to-date (UTD) immunization coverage rate to receive the Improvement Award. 

DPHHS’s “AFIX”, an acronym for Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and Exchange, is a continuous quality improvement process designed specifically for immunizations.  The purpose is to assist clinics with improving their immunization coverage levels by highlighting clinics successes and opportunities for improvement.

Each department also received a “Kudos” award for working on a reminder/recall system for pediatric patients.  In addition, Carbon County Public Health received the AFIX Certificate of Achievement – Healthy People 2020, for an immunization rate of 80% UTD coverage or higher for the childhood immunization series. 

Medical Director at Beartooth Billings Clinic and Carbon County Public Health Officer, Dr. William George, commented “I would like to extend my congratulations to both entities for their diligence and perseverance in ensuring that the children of Carbon County are immunized to avoid life threatening diseases.  Working together as a team can help us accomplish these life impacting goals.”  

“It is through efforts like Beartooth Billings Clinic that we are working toward achieving the goal of ensuring Montana’s children are immunized by two years of age against these vaccine-preventable diseases,” commented Greg Holzman, MD, MPH, State Medical Officer.