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Alana Yaksich Memorial TrophyIn December 2018 UNC-Chapel Hill was named as the National Winner in the medium-size university category for the 2018-2019 Alana Yaksich National College & University Flu Vaccination Challenge. UNC Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) partnered with Campus Health Services to enter the contest and promote it to campus students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. After getting vaccinated, members of the Carolina community were encouraged to fill out a brief survey and put a point on UNC’s participation scoreboard.

With 6020 flu vaccines reported overall, Campus Health reported a 20% increase in flu vaccines given compared to the previous year, just at their location alone. In addition, EHS offered walk-in flu vaccinations to staff at nine locations, and vaccinations were also available at the Student Stores Pharmacy and Campus Health Pharmacy. The University Employee Occupational Health Clinic offers flu vaccinations for University employees who are part of the University’s Immunization Review Program.

“This was truly a community effort, and we are very grateful for your support and efforts in promoting this challenge,” said Ken Pittman, executive director of Campus Health Services. “We are hopeful that this campaign has raised awareness of the importance of flu vaccine and better prepared our community for the flu season.”

Alana’s Foundation was founded in 2009 with the mission of increasing influenza vaccination rates by educating the public and increasing the affordability of annual flu shots. Alana’s Foundation targets college students with its vaccination competition because they believe instilling college students — “the caretakers of tomorrow” — with annual vaccinations as an important and impactful habit.

Performance measurement is a critical part of the EHS management system. Education, customer service and internal processes are the three most essential components of our work. The chart below indicates the performance in these areas over a five-year period with Level Four representing optimum performance. The adjacent tab shows the specific performance activities and the level of that performance for 2018.

Components, Years and Level Completed
Education Customer Service Internal Processes
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1 2 1 1 1 3 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1


  • Educated SOD liaison regarding bloodborne pathogen exposures and protocols and continues to assist in this area.
  • Developed web flyer summarizing UEOHC’s travel services and pre-travel requirements and updated travel request forms.

Customer Service

  • Fit-tested and provided consultative services for 528 individuals under the University’s Respiratory Protection program.
  • Provided occupational health medical services for 3900 employees.
  • Assisted Department of Exercise and Sports Science with coordinating the incoming graduate students/employees for the Hepatitis B series.
  • Collaborated with School of Nursing personnel to updated medical surveillance immunization history and determine needs.
  • Provided travel immunizations reviews for employees traveling in the following areas: Kolkata India; Recife, Brazil; Kinshasa, DRC; Dehli, India; and Lilongwe, Malawi.
  • Provided on-site Flu Clinics for the following areas: School of Nursing, Campus Health, Chancellor’s Office, Children’s Cochlear Implant Clinic, CLLC, School of Dentistry, 130 Friday Center, Old Clinic, and Victory Village.

Internal Processes

  • Consulted with hospital occupational health to finalize revisions of bloodborne pathogen exposure protocol, and to look for ways to improve process for needlestick lab orders entered by other departments.
  • Implemented pharmacy inventory monitoring system to track and analyze purchasing trends.
  • Reviewed and updated procedures for scheduling incoming new Clinical Fellows along with a flyer outlining requirements.
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