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Lanzi Appointed to National Board Seeking to Increase Immunizations
Date: 12/10/2014
Immunization Expert to Aid American College of Physicians

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJ Hamilton) is proud to announce that Maria Lanzi, MS, MPH, APN, COHN-S  has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the American College of Physicians’ new quality initiative to increase adult immunization rates.

 

The initiative – a collaboration of American College of Physicians, CECity and Pfizer Inc. – is designed to increase adult immunization rates by assisting physicians and other healthcare providers in strongly recommending appropriate vaccination and tracing adult immunization rates for quality measurement and improvement.

 

Lanzi is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with RWJ Hamilton’s Occupational and Corporate Health Department, and is a travel medicine and immunization specialist.  She is very active in the New Jersey Immunization Network, a statewide coalition committed to improving immunization rates.

 

“At the beginning of my clinical career I was distressed over an adult patient crippled from polio, forced to live in an iron lung - a disease that was preventable by getting a vaccine,” Lanzi said.  “Over the years, I have seen firsthand the tragedies of other vaccine preventable diseases, including influenza and pneumonia, which has inspired me to specialize in this field.”

 

Lanzi’s passion in combating vaccine-preventable diseases and involvement in the New Jersey Immunization Network has led to her appointment with the American College of Physicians’ immunization initiative. As part of the advisory board, Lanzi is using her expertise and experience to help increase adult immunization rates by educating clinicians, the public and private industry to encourage all adults to get their recommended immunizations.

 

“The history of vaccines has impacted human life and changed the course of public health in very positive ways”, Lanzi said.  “We’ve made amazing strides for the good of humanity and it is important to continue that work.”

 

Lanzi is a graduate of NYU and Columbia University and Board Certified as an adult nurse practitioner and a specialist in occupational health. She is active in public health policy development and implementation, leading community wide educational and coalition efforts.  She serves as an educator and preceptor for physicians and advanced practice nurses in college and university programs including the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University and the College of New Jersey.

 

Lanzi is a Consultant on Adult Immunization, New Jersey Immunization Network; is a member of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit; and an Adult Immunization Working Group member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Community Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP).