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AIRA Monthly Update May 2021


Monthly Update

May 2021 in Review

In This Issue…

  1. AIRA's COVID-19 Response Update
  2. Join Us at the AIRA 2021 National Meeting!
  3. 2021 National HPV Vaccination Roundtable Meeting
  4. HIMSS21 Global Health Conference & Exhibition: AIRA Networking Event and Interoperability Showcase
  5. Landscape Analysis Report: Capture and Utilization of Adult Vaccination Data in IIS
  6. Collaborating with Medicaid to Improve Vaccination Rates: A Checklist for Immunization Program Managers
  7. Measurement and Improvement Updates
  8. SmartyStreets Stats: January Through April 2021
  9. Information Requests
  10. Committee and Workgroup Updates: May Recap
  11. AIRA Job Opportunities
  12. In the News - May 2021

Check Out the AIRA Events Calendar for Upcoming…

AIRA's COVID-19 Response Update


As we look forward to kicking off summer, it’s promising to realize the progress made in a short number of months to protect our communities through the Herculean COVID-19 vaccination campaign that has reached over 60% of the US adult population and has just begun for adolescents.

With the hope of a return to “normal,” AIRA is working with our partners and the IIS community on various initiatives to take lessons from COVID-19 and apply them not only to the ongoing pandemic efforts, but also to routine immunization moving forward. This month, AIRA continued to support jurisdictions by expanding connections to the Immunization (IZ) Gateway and hosted a four-week Tableau training course, a virtual Measurement for Assessment and Certification Advisory Workgroup (MACAW) meeting focused on measuring provider participation, and two Discovery Sessions focused on the programmatic aspects and technical aspects of vaccine credentialing solutions.

We look forward to continuing to support the efforts of the COVID-19 response while we also work with all our partners on strategies to shape the future of IIS.

Rebecca Coyle, MSEd
Executive Director

Join Us at the AIRA 2021 National Meeting!

The AIRA 2021 National Meeting will be a hybrid meeting with both in-person and virtual components offered August 3–5 in Portland, Oregon.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the National Meeting website to:

This year’s meeting will include the opportunity to collaborate and share lessons learned about the pandemic with other people who’ve been through it and understand the challenges. We believe in-person attendance this year will be invaluable in that regard and strongly encourage those who can to attend in person.

Earlier this month, Rebecca Coyle, Mary Beth Kurilo, and Carmela Gupta visited Portland to assess the area and the meeting hotel. They’re happy to report that Portland is reopening and ready for visitors.

If you have any questions or want more information about the National Meeting, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can’t wait to welcome you to Portland!

2021 National HPV Vaccination Roundtable Meeting

If you’re interested in working to increase HPV and adolescent vaccination rates, AIRA encourages you to register for the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable’s 2021 Annual Meeting. The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable invites you to join them on an inspirational mission to reach new heights of HPV vaccination rates at their 2021 National Meeting June 9–10, 2021. For the first time, sessions will be open to the public. Visit the meeting webpage to find more information and register for this virtual meeting.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues. There’s space for everyone! Contact Liddy Hora if you have any questions or need assistance.

HIMSS21 Global Health Conference & Exhibition: AIRA Networking Event and Interoperability Showcase

Join AIRA at the HIMSS21 Global Health Conference & Exhibition on August 9–13, 2021, virtually and in Las Vegas! HIMSS21 brings you the world-class education, cutting-edge products and solutions, and unique networking opportunities you need to solve your biggest health information and technology challenges—all at one time, all in one place.

AIRA will be hosting a networking event at HIMSS21 on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT, and we would love to see you!

We are also supporting HIMSS with an immunization management-focused demo in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ at the conference. This is an exciting opportunity for the IIS community to collectively share standards-based initiatives that support and promote the use of immunization information to ensure healthy communities by leveraging IIS as a crucial tool in preventing vaccine-preventable diseases.

The showcase is a premier specialty exhibition that displays the exchange, access, and use of data through interoperability profiles and health standards in real time with live products being implemented in the marketplace backed by the strength of HIMSS’s global expertise, convening, and thought leadership.

  • The showcase includes demonstration areas, educational theaters, a product marketplace, on-demand content, and numerous networking opportunities.
  • Attendees receive a clear picture of existing real-time interoperability opportunities.
  • Through clinical storytelling, the showcase brings connected care experiences to life via demonstrations focused on a variety of relevant and pressing topics.

Join AIRA at HIMSS21 and save on registration!
AIRA members receive the HIMSS member rate to attend. To receive the discount:

  • Go to the conference website.
  • Click on “Register Now.”
  • Sign in or create an account.
  • Select AIRA from the “Conference Collaborating Organizations” dropdown menu.
  • Enter the code COLLAB21.

Landscape Analysis Report: Capture and Utilization of Adult Vaccination Data in IIS

We are pleased to share AIRA’s Landscape Analysis Report on the capture and utilization of adult vaccination data in IIS. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of capturing adult vaccination data in IIS in both routine and mass vaccination settings. This report aims to document the challenges, current approaches, and opportunities to capture adult vaccination records amid an ever-changing environment.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this work. This report was informed by extensive stakeholder engagement with the IIS community and lays the groundwork for the forthcoming Strategic Road Map that will provide implementation recommendations for advancing the capture and use of adult vaccination data on a national scale.

Please share this resource with relevant stakeholders. Contact Liz Abbott with any questions.

Collaborating with Medicaid to Improve Vaccination Rates: A Checklist for Immunization Program Managers

Strong partnership between Medicaid and immunization programs helps achieve the shared goals of eliminating vaccine-preventable disease and deploying the most cost-effective use of limited public resources. The Checklist for Immunization Program Managers is designed with input from experienced public health professionals and provides suggestions that immunization programs can use to overcome existing and new barriers related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please share the checklist with anyone who would benefit from this resource. If you have questions, contact Katelyn Wells.

Measurement and Improvement Updates

With all the amazing work happening across the community, we know approving and managing Aggregate Analysis Reporting Tool (AART) user access is not on the top of the priority list. However, many individuals have registered for access to AART, and, thanks to AART admins, we have seen very few requests waiting to be approved. Thank you!

As a reminder, we encourage AART admins to periodically review users who have access to view your program or organization’s IIS reports. Log in to AART and select “Settings” in the upper right-hand corner to review these users. Below the measurement and sharing settings, AART admins can see active users who have access to their IIS data, pending users, and authorized users. Click “Review” next to any user you want to look at. The image below will open and the AART admin can update the user’s access level.

Reminder: Those with an access level of admin will be able to set settings and approve users. The access level of staff is typically used for IIS program staff, and the access level of view is typically used for IIS vendors, electronic health records, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention users. If a user should not be approved, select inactive.

Updated reports
Quarter 1 2021: Log in to AART to find individual IIS Assessment and Validation reports. Updated aggregate Assessment and the first 2021 Validation reports are in the AIRA repository.

Have questions or need help? AIRA’s technical assistance team is ready to help you understand your AART dashboard and results, prioritize work, and support your movement toward better alignment with standards. Don’t hesitate to contact us for technical assistance. We can quickly answer a question or dive deeper into topics, such as assisting you and your IIS technical development team with better understanding of issues and making plans to more fully align with standards. Fill out a Technical Assistance Request or contact Kristi Siahaya for more information.

SmartyStreets Stats: January Through April 2021

IIS have submitted over 100 million (101,913,539) addresses for cleansing and geocoding by SmartyStreets since January! This means:

  • On average, 25,478,385 IIS addresses were cleansed and geocoded each month.
  • On average, 849,279 IIS addresses were cleansed and geocoded each day.

January Through April 2021

AIRA, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers all members access to SmartyStreets at no cost.

If you want to learn more about SmartyStreets or need to understand how to use the service, we’re here to help! For information about address cleansing and geocoding, please visit our Address Cleansing Service web page or contact Tesha Lucas.

Information Requests

AIRA members can submit and review information requests—a circulation of questions to and answers from the community. Recent information requests on the topic below can be found by using the “Information Requests” filter in the AIRA repository.

  • Medicaid Data Exchange

Information requests are viewable only by individual members and individuals affiliated with member and partner organizations. Just log in to view these valuable resources! If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee and Workgroup Updates: May Recap

HL7 Immunization User Group

  • The HL7 Immunization User Group met on May 13.
  • The user group received an update from Mary Woinarowicz on the Standards and Interoperability Steering Committee.
  • Nathan Bunker reviewed patient matching guidance.
  • The next user group meeting is June 10, 2021, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

Measurement for Assessment and Certification Advisory Workgroup (MACAW)

  • MACAW held its Annual Meeting virtually on May 5 and 6 and met again for a regular workgroup meeting on May 13.
  • The workgroup worked on provider participation at its annual meeting and received an update on it at the meeting on May 13.
  • The workgroup received an update on basic and complete validation for incoming/outgoing data.

Modeling of Immunization Registry Operation Workgroup (MIROW) Steering Committee

SmartyStreets User Group

Standards & Interoperability Steering Committee (SISC)

  • The SISC met on May 12 and discussed messaging for clinical vaccine trials.
  • The committee received an update from CDC about lot number tables.
  • The committee also received an overview of the HL7 User Group from Nathan Bunker and an overview of the Immunization Integration Program from Melissa McClung.
  • The next committee meeting is June 9, 2021, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.

Tableau User Group (TUG)

  • TUG met on May 25.
  • Tableau trainer Jake Kohler from Lovelytics gave a deep-dive presentation on the Tableau user interface.
  • The next user group meeting is June 22, 2021, from noon to 1 p.m. ET.
  • It’s not too late to join TUG! Email Courtnay Londo if you’re interested.
NOTE: Meeting minutes will capture only action items and decisions made. Recordings of the meetings can be obtained directly upon request by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AIRA Job Opportunities

Current opportunities at AIRA
Are you interested in working for AIRA or in the IIS community? Find current job openings at AIRA and other states/jurisdictions on the Employment Opportunities and Requests for Proposals page on the AIRA website.

There are no opportunities at this time.

Opportunities for independent contractors
To be notified of future contracting opportunities, please sign up here.

AIRA is initiating a Request for Proposal (RFP) to secure the services of a highly qualified contractor or firm to develop print and online communication materials to educate about and promote AIRA, our products and programs, and IIS. Required information is due no later than 5 p.m. ET on July 2, 2021. The full RFP is available here.

In the News - May 2021

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