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July 23, 2009

Keeping children healthy

Dr. Aaron Garman of the Coal Country Community Health Center was recognized by the North Dakota Department of Health for making extraordinary contributions toward improving vaccination rates of children and adults. Providers’ Choice Awards were presented at the Greater Grand Forks Immunization Coalition Conference held in Grand Forks in May.

In 2007 the federal government decided to cut back on a program, which Garman called 317 funding, for children’s vaccinations for families that could not afford them. Another program, called Vaccines for Children or VFC, was still fully funded. However, VFC funds could only be used by community health centers like CCCHC and not by hospitals or doctors in private practice.

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