Texas Immunization Stakeholder Working Group (TISWG)


Vision 

For all Texans to live healthy and fulfilling lives free and protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Mission

To support local and statewide efforts to raise vaccine coverage levels across the lifespan of all Texans by doing the following:

Building Partnerships: Bringing together stakeholders from across the Texas immunization landscape to share ideas, resources, expertise, and best practices.

Communication: Establishing a foundation of collaboration and two-way feedback between stakeholders and the Immunization Section of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Education: Providing education on DSHS programs and other topics across the immunization spectrum.


History and Today

The Texas Immunizers and Stakeholders Working Group (TISWG) was legislatively mandated in 2004 as a response to the 2003 National Immunization Survey (NIS) data. The group was initially created to fulfill two main objectives: To “provide support for activities to raise vaccine coverage levels and help increase awareness of the importance of early childhood and adolescent vaccination” and to “work with DSHS to identify and implement improvements to the state immunization system” with an overarching goal to raise childhood immunization rates.

Today, the Immunization Section at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) oversees and administers this group. Over the years, TISWG has served as a place for diverse subject matter experts in the state immunization system to come together and connect. Membership currently has over 200 members from all walks of the state’s immunization landscape including pharmaceutical representatives, statewide associations, school nurses, college students, regional and local health department representatives, nonprofit members, community-based organizations, and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight the importance of partnerships and building cross-sectoral relationships to tackle public health issues, large and small. TISWG members are dedicated to raising vaccine coverage levels across the state through partnerships and resource sharing, provider education and training, vaccine information dissemination, and providing feedback to DSHS regarding state and regional immunization programs.


TISWG Membership

Member Eligibility

Any person or organization engaged and/or interested in immunizations in the state of Texas is eligible to become a TISWG member. There are no term limits for general membership.

Benefits of Membership Include:   

  • Provider education and training related to current immunization best practices and programs within the state of Texas.
  • Stay informed on the latest in immunizations through quarterly general body meetings, virtual and in-person meetings, an invitation to the Texas Immunization Conference, email communications, and other events.
  • Networking opportunities and resource sharing related to current national, state, and local immunization campaigns, in addition to resources shared with peers and community members.
  • Provide feedback and recommendations through surveys and other means directly to the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Section when requested.
  • Access to a monthly resource list sent out to members via email that includes timely links and resources to support your immunization efforts.
  • The opportunity to be a part of TISWG’s Leadership Council, the Education, Communications and Outreach Committee, or the Immunization Best Practices Committee. 

Member Expectations:  

  • Members are committed to promoting the vision and mission of TISWG.
  • Members have the choice to be a general active member or serve on one or more committees.
  • Attend scheduled online or in-person meetings and conference calls.
  • While not required, answering polls and surveys to provide feedback and engagement is highly encouraged.
  • At the beginning of each calendar year, members can either recommit their membership or choose to opt out.


Are you interested in joining TISWG?

Those interested in becoming a TISWG member should complete and submit an application to either Sarah Hay at Sarah.Hay@dshs.texas.gov or Ava Walderman at Ava.Walderman@dshs.texas.gov.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

You can send an email to the TISWG inbox at TISWG@dshs.texas.gov or send a message to TISWG’s coordinators, Sarah Hay at Sarah.Hay@dshs.texas.gov or Ava Walderman at Ava.Walderman@dshs.texas.gov.  


TISWG Forms and Resources  



For more information contact the Immunization Branch at (800) 252-9152.


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Last updated April 12, 2022