CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is seeking qualified PAs for ACIP Membership. ACIP members are acknowledged experts with an outstanding record of achievement in their own field and an understanding of the immunization issues covered by ACIP. They have a responsibility to provide CDC with high quality, well-considered advice and recommendations on matters described in the ACIP Charter.
- If you would like to be considered for nomination for this opportunity by AAPA’s Board of Directors, please submit a Statement of Interest along with your CV no later than Thursday, April 22, 2021. Your application will be considered by the External Affairs Committee and the AAPA Board of Directors. If selected for nomination, you would then complete the ACIP application and the AAPA Board Recommendation would be considered as one of your four Letters of Recommendation.
- If you would like to apply independently from AAPA, visit the ACIP application page and complete the application by July 23, 2021: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/apply-for-membership/index.html
If appointed by the ACIP, your appointment term would begin July 1, 2022.
Qualities required for ACIP members: Below are the criteria that will be applied when assessing candidates. To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the criteria.
Candidates must have:
- An understanding of the vaccination and immunization issues covered by the ACIP;
- An understanding of immunization issues in the U.S., including the routine domestic immunization program and vaccines used for special circumstances, e.g. “travel” vaccines;
- An outstanding record of achievement and personal credibility within their own field;
- Experience of operating at a strategic level in the public or other sectors;
- Experience of working effectively in high level advisory committees;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to support effective discussion with a range of stakeholders;
- Ability to evaluate complex issues and weigh conflicting opinions;
- Ability to influence at a senior level;
- A broad range of expertise and interest in vaccines and immunization.
Medical Professional Members: ACIP includes 14 members representing clinical medical fields and/or public health professionals, e.g., State Health Department, epidemiologist. These positions are held by technically qualified people trained in a clinical medical field and possessing in-depth knowledge of vaccines and immunization. Candidates for this position may be recommended by a professional medical organization or other interested parties. The ACIP also welcomes self-nominated candidates possessing the required technical knowledge and experience.
Qualifications of the medical or public health professional include:
- Advanced medical degree (e.g., MD, RN).
- Board certification in area(s) of specialization
- Scientific knowledge of vaccines, immunization, and/or immunization programs
- Ability to interact actively and respectfully with other voting ACIP members, as well as ACIP’s ex officio members and liaison representatives, all of whom attend each ACIP meeting
- Willingness to take part in three regularly scheduled meetings per year, and any emergency meetings that might be call they must be demonstrate expertise, comfort, and facility with active participation in deliberations of the ACIP during public meetings held in front of audiences of ~300-400 people and webcast live
- Willingness to participate actively in two ACIP work groups
- Willingness to review and give input on ACIP recommendation statements prior to review by the CDC Director and publication in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Location of meetings and time commitment: ACIP meets three times annually for a meeting of two days duration, located in the Global Communications Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. The meetings take place usually during the third or fourth week in the months of February, June, and October, and meeting dates are posted on the ACIP website. Some preparation time for meetings will be required, which may involve weekends. In addition, members will be asked to participate in two ACIP work groups, which usually meet via one-hour teleconference or webinar once or twice per month. Overall, including meeting and travel time, participation in teleconferences, email interaction, and participation in work groups one can expect approximately a three-week commitment spread over the year.
Appointments and tenure
- Members will be appointed for a term of four years, which typically begins on July 1 in the year of appointment.
- In general, a member’s term may not be extended beyond four years, and appointment to a second term is not allowed.
- The Chair shall be appointed for a term of three years. The Chair is selected and appointed by the Secretary, HHS from among voting ACIP members who have had at least two years of experience serving on ACIP and have demonstrated the ability both to lead the work of similar bodies and to work effectively with CDC.
Orientation and education: Orientation for new members is provided to enable members to fully understand the work and functioning of the ACIP, including participation in ACIP work groups. This is typically offered as a two-hour teleconference/webinar within one month of appointment of new members. The Secretariat will further arrange briefing and meetings with CDC staff and any other training to facilitate the full engagement of new members in the work of the ACIP.
From time to time, the ACIP Secretariat arranges educational sessions on topics such as the role of health economics in development of ACIP recommendations, immunization safety monitoring and procedures used in development of evidence-based recommendations. These sessions are sometimes held at the CDC on the day before an ACIP meeting.