Patricia A. Stinchfield, MS, CPNP

NFID President-Elect Patricia A. Stinchfield, MS, CPNP

Patricia (Patsy) A. Stinchfield, MS, CPNP is president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). She is a pediatric nurse practitioner in infectious disease at Children’s Minnesota who specializes in vaccine-preventable diseases. She is senior director of infection control and program director for The Children’s Immunization Project in Minnesota.

Stinchfield is a widely recognized infectious diseases specialist, having served as the first nurse voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) where she continues as a liaison member for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and serves on the Influenza Working Group. She is the hospital incident commander for the COVID-19 response at Children’s Minnesota, and previously led the response during the 2017 measles outbreak. Stinchfield was lead author of a 2020 NFID report on Vitamin A for the Management of Measles in the US. She has been instrumental in increasing the Children’s Minnesota staff flu vaccination rate to 94 percent and has sustained that over several seasons.

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Childhood and adolescent immunizations
  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • Effective communications
  • Flu prevention and treatment
  • Measles prevention and treatment
  • Vaccine confidence and addressing vaccine hesitancy
  • Vaccination of healthcare professionals


“It’s sort of like we went from the covered wagon to the jet, and so when people get nervous that this [mRNA COVID-19 vaccine development] has gone so fast, well, we didn’t have to grow a virus in eggs, we didn’t have to encourage people to be part of the trials. People wanted to be part of these trials.” Source: WUSA9

“The United States and our vaccine approval process is one of the most transparent models in the world. That’s a really important part that people need to know, that we’re all working on this together. It is transparent. You can ask questions.” Source: Consultant360

“Right now is a perfect time to look at your child’s immunization rates. Talk to your provider. Bring them in now to get caught up if they’re behind, especially those middle school kids. There’s a lot of vaccines [recommended] at 11 and 12 years of age. We want to get them finished because when the COVID-19 vaccine is available for that age group, you can’t give it at the same time as other vaccines.” Source: Good Morning San Diego

“Our communication about COVID-19 risk needs to be proactive, empathetic, transparent, and tailored to each audience.” Source: COVID-19 Communications: Promoting Prevention Measures and Vaccine Confidence (NFID Report)

Patsy Stinchfield on COVID-19 vaccines:

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Updated May 2021