The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Children’s Vaccine Program at PATH Will Support Scientifically Sound Information on Vaccines
Jennifer Hudman, (301) 652-1558
April 4, 2002
Alexandria, VA – (April 4, 2002) – The National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) announced today that it has been awarded two grants—$750,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and $100,000 from the Seattle-based Children’s Vaccine Program at PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health)—in support of communication and education programs on vaccines.
NNii is a leading independent, non-profit organization devoted to providing accurate information about the effectiveness, value, and safety of immunizations. Since its creation in 1999, NNii has become a critical component of our national immunization program though communication and education.
The communication and education programs of NNii are vitally important, given that research has shown that one-quarter of parents express concerns about vaccine safety and a majority of U.S. health providers report that at least one family in their practice has refused one or all routinely recommended vaccines in the past year, often citing “safety” or “philosophical” reasons.
“These grants allow NNii to continue to fulfill its mission to improve the immunization dialogue among parents, health care professionals, the media, and policy makers. NNii serves as an independent and scientifically credible source of information about immunization policies and practices and related issues of vaccine safety and effectiveness,” said Dr. Bruce Gellin, executive director of NNii.
Additionally, the grants will allow NNii to continue its program activities and efforts in the following core areas:
The mission of the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) is to provide the public, health professionals, policy makers, and the media with up-to-date, scientifically valid information related to immunization to help them understand the issues and to make informed decisions.
NNii’s partner organizations include the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For more information on NNii and its partners, please visit the NNii website at www.immunizationinfo.org.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. To learn more about its mission and work, see www.rwjf.org.
The Children’s Vaccine Program at PATH works to ensure that all children receive the full benefits of new, lifesaving vaccines without undue delay. To learn more about its mission and work, see www.childrensvaccine.org.