PIERRE, S.D.(KELO-AM) – Dr. Jennifer Schriever, Sioux Falls, has been named a Childhood Immunization Champion by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The champion award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to promote immunization among children in their communities. The awards were announced in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week, April 26-May 3.
“Under Dr. Schriever’s leadership the Sanford Clinic Family Medicine has immunized more than 90 percent of its patients aged 2 and under for the last three years,” said Tim Heath, immunization program manager for the South Dakota Department of Health. “As a result of her efforts the clinic now reviews each patient’s immunization status at each visit to take make sure necessary vaccines are given on time.”
Heath noted that Dr. Schriever’s practice was one of just 20 family medicine practices in the country selected to participate in the American Academy of Family Physicians adolescent immunizations project. As part of that project, the clinic is a pilot site for Sanford Health in using technology to identify patients in need of immunizations and following up with messages form their primary care providers about the importance of timely immunization. The goal is to increase immunization rates for patients of all ages.
Dr. Schriever serves on Sanford Health’s leadership development committee, is an educator for family medicine medical students and nurse practitioners at USD, and mentors residents providing prenatal care in the obstetrics clinic. She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is an advanced life support in obstetrics instructor.
Read Dr. Schriever’s profile and learn more about the award program athttp://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/champions.