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The Fall 2020 issue of Colorado Family Physician is out. Inside, we introduce Gina Carr, MD, the new president of the board, and discuss the latest approaches and education for family physicians. We also discuss suicide prevention, essential cybersecurity practices, and we launched our 2021 CAFP Award Nominations. And don’t forget the CME!

COVID-19 vaccination has been challenging for both seasoned vaccinators and those newer to vaccine administration. The following resources may be especially useful to those who do not have a lot of vaccine administration experience but are involved in the COVID-19 vaccination response. These resources may also be useful to vaccinators with more experience: Understanding How

On May 23, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed SB19-228 Substance Use Disorders Prevention.   The new law, section 12-30-114, C.R.S., requires the Colorado Medical Board (Board) to adopt rules on substance use prevention training for prescribers. The Board’s new Rules went into effect on March 30, 2020, and require any physician or physician assistant seeking a

Proper vaccine administration is critical to ensure that vaccination is safe and effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Immunization Branch (CIB) recommend that all healthcare personnel who administer vaccines receive comprehensive, competency-based training on vaccine administration policies and procedures BEFORE administering vaccines. Comprehensive, skills-based training should be integrated into

A press release from the Governor’s Office. In anticipation of the first shipments of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in December, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has collaborated closely with local public health agencies across the state to prepare health care facilities to receive the vaccine. These health care facilities will

Having worked with providers over the last several years to develop quality improvement strategies to improve vaccination rates, one thing has become clear… immunization reminder/recall systems work, and you can’t use one without the other. Reminder and recall, although two separate activities, must exist together to raise immunization rates and remind patients and parents how

Webinars often provide a brief overview of vaccination recommendations and practical guidance for implementing them. The following webinars provide guidance for maintaining routine vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic, steps for improving vaccination service delivery, and points to consider when discussing shared clinical decision-making with patients: Maintaining routine vaccination during COVID-19: An MMWR report released in

At first glance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pediatric (i.e., child and adolescent) and adult immunization schedules can appear overwhelming and difficult to understand. Fortunately, there are instructions, additional information, and resources to better understand both schedules: Instructions and Additional Information Tables and corresponding information: The pediatric and adult immunization schedules have brief