Power of Providers (POP) Initiative

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Welcome Power of Providers (POP) Members!

Thank you for joining us, and thousands of other providers across the state of Washington, in encouraging COVID-19 vaccination and working to reduce COVID-19 transmission, severe illness and death.

Save this page and check back regularly for new resources and updated materials, the latest news on COVID-19 vaccines, and upcoming industry meetings and events. Learn more about POP.

We encourage POP members to talk to each of their patients using the SAVE intervention:

SEEK: Seek your patients' COVID-19 vaccination status.

ASK/EDUCATE: If your patient isn't vaccinated, ask them about the vaccine and offer education if they're unsure.

VACCINATE: If your patient agrees to vaccination, provide them with a COVID-19 vaccine or a referral to a location that provides COVID-19 vaccination.

EMPOWER: Empower your patients to share their vaccination status with the community.

In the News

POP Provider Spotlight

The POP Team talks to inspiring providers as part of our ongoing outreach to POP members. We will share their successes in encouraging COVID-19 vaccines through an ongoing series of POP Provider Spotlights. In our first, Dr. Steven Kernerman describes his work with vaccine hesitant patients:

Dr. Steven Kernerman

“In our allergy and asthma clinic, we see people who are hesitant to be vaccinated for various reasons. Some have concerns about possible long-term effects of MRNA vaccines, others have concerns that the vaccines may not have been fully studied. People who have experienced adverse reactions to vaccines, other ingredients, or even food come to the clinic. We test their sensitivity to the ingredients and then give them the vaccine in small doses to reach the cumulative dose over three to four hours.

One patient, a nurse, was not opposed to being vaccinated but had experienced a reaction to other vaccines and thus hesitated. Being vaccinated was a condition of her employment and she enjoyed being a nurse. She came to the clinic, and we conducted an allergy test to the ingredients. She was finally able to be fully vaccinated and thus continue with her work.

We want to maintain ongoing conversations with people who come to the clinic. If they are hesitant about MRNA vaccines, for example, we discuss the non-MRNA vaccines with them. I saw one person recently who was not aware that non-MRNA vaccines such as Novavax are available. People who initially hesitated because they felt the vaccines were not fully tested and those with concerns of long-term effects can now be updated with current information and research. With millions vaccinated and studies done, it is easier to present a case to people.”

Dr. Steven Kernerman joined the Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic in July,1992. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Kernerman is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology and the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association.


POP Peer-to-Peer Learning Webinars

March 24: Long Covid: A Deep Dive into Symptoms and Treatment Options to Support Patients

Noon to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Formerly titled, "Managing Post-Acute Sequalae of COVID (PASC)"

UW Medicine - Dr. Anita Chopra and Dr. Jana Friedly

This series is an equity-driven project to help address disparities in post-COVID treatment access across Washington state by sharing the knowledge of specialists with general practitioners. The UW Post-COVID Rehabilitation and Recovery Clinic is the only specialist clinic for Long COVID treatment in the Pacific Northwest. In these webinars they will discuss their treatment methods, clinical findings, and the current state of the research on this topic.

    Part One of this two-part series will be added to the recording section when available.

    Behavioral Health Support for Health Care Workers Series

    Dr. Kira Mauseth, Ph.D.

    Speaker: Kira Mauseth, Ph.D.

    Clinical Psychologist & Senior Instructor of Psychology, Seattle University

    Noon to 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

    Past Webinar Recordings

    Behavioral Health Support for Health Care Workers Series
    Long COVID Webinars
    Other Topics

    Respiratory Virus Activity Before and During The COVID-19 Pandemic (YouTube)


    Health care providers in Washington now have access to the Department of Health’s POP Shop, an ordering system for free materials to promote COVID-19 vaccination. The POP Shop allows you and your staff to order posters, stickers in multiple languages, informational brochures and flyers, discussion guides, and much more.

    Recordings for On-Hold Telephone Messaging

    Add these MP3 recordings in English (31 seconds) and Spanish (38 seconds) to your telephone systems as hold messages to encourage those who call in to get up to date on their COVID vaccines.

    Resources to Share with Patients

    You can access patient materials in more than 50 languages on the Resources and Recommendations page.

    General Public

    Available Services

    Websites, Printable Materials, and Social Media Graphics

    Before, During, and After Pregnancy
    Children and Youth
    Immunocompromised People and Others with Special Needs

    Resources for Providers and Staff

    Discussion Guides and Other Conversation Resources

    General Public
    Before, During, and After Pregnancy
    Children and Youth

    Clinical Information

    Standing Orders
    Other Clinical Information
    Other (Non-Clinical) Information

    Resources for Stress and Burnout

    Training Videos and Webinar Recordings

    For more information go to our COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Healthcare Providers web page.

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    If you are not a member of the POP Initiative, learn more and please join today!

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