Submitted on Tue, 2015-01-27
By SMART Health Claims

With administration and overhead costs rising, many private physicians are cutting vaccination services, leaving local health departments as the most crucial provider of immunizations within a community.

10 Partnerships That Will Help You Better Vaccinate Your Community

Vaccination rates across the country are falling. Nearly 1 in 4 children 19–35 months have not received all of their recommended vaccinations. This season, the incidence of measles reached a 20-year high in the United States. Lowered vaccination rates are contributing to the spread of diseases since immunized people act as a barrier against infection. 

With administration and overhead costs rising, many private physicians are cutting vaccination services, leaving local health departments as the most crucial provider of immunizations within a community. That is why solid partnerships are fundamental to your community’s vaccination program.

 

Here are 10 partnerships that you should seek out to increase vaccination rates:

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1. Vaccine Information for the Public Health and Healthcare Professionals

The Immunization Action Coalition’s website presents a detailed database of information about vaccine-preventable diseases and their vaccinations. The website offers information about vaccination for the entire lifespan, organized by age group from infants/children to preteens and adults. For more information, visit www.vaccineinformation.org.

 

2. Immunization Action Coalition

The Immunization Action Coalition works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational material for health professionals and the public. The goal of the Coalition is to ensure that children and adults are effectively immunized at the right ages to prevent any outbreaks or epidemics that could be prevented through vaccinations.

The Coalition does this through a variety of mediums, from statewide initiatives to specialty publications and websites. The Coalition’s main site, www.immunize.org, first launched in 1994 and is one of the earliest online resources devoted to immunizations. The site houses all of the Coalition’s handouts, which are available to the public free of charge.

 

3. Every Child By Two

Every Child By Two is a non-profit organization that has spent the last three decades committed to reducing the infant mortality rate through immunizations. ECBT works with a scientific advisory board that provides the organization with their scientific and medical expertise so that medically accurate information is provided to the public through the site. For more information, visit www.ecbt.org.

 

4. 317 Coalition

The 317 Coalition was created to educate Members of Congress about the needs of the CDC’s Prevent Immunization Program and advocate for an increase in federal appropriations that ensure children and adults receive medically recommended vaccines to protect them from disease.

The Coalition is a virtual network of organizations, led by a steering committee and staffed by a Washington, D.C.–based government relations firm that helps to advocate further funding for Section 317 of the Public Service Act. Section 317 is a safety net program of grants for states to immunize children, adolescents, and adults who have no other means to pay for vaccinations. For more information, visit www.317coalition.org.

 

5. Allied Vaccine Group

The Allied Vaccine Group provides communities with valid, unbiased views about vaccinations. All data is presented with as much research as possible as well the pros and cons of the findings. For more information, visit www.vaccine.org

 

6. Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC)

If your organization focuses on children, The Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition might be the perfect partnership for you. The Coalition was established by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to protect infants, children, and adolescents from influenza by communicating the need to make influenza immunization a national health priority. The CIIC was created to address and improve influenza immunization rates, especially among young children. For more information, visit www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org, call (212) 886-2277, or e-mail them directly at CIIC@nfid.org.

 

7. Group on Immunization Education

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) is comprised of 5,000 family medicine educators including medical school professors, preceptors, residency program faculty, and others involved in family medicine education. The group offers multiple reference guides on the Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Schedules for the U.S. which can be accessed remotely.

The group can cut down on any confusion in your community’s vaccination schedule by allowing them to set alerts directly on your phones. To set this up for your practice, visit www.immunizationed.org.

 

8. Migrant Clinicians Network

If your community consists of a large migrant seasonal farm working population, this will be a great partnership to form. The Migrant Clinicians Network's goal is to improve health care for migrant workers by providing support, technical assistance, and professional development to clinicians in Federally Qualified Heal Centers and other healthcare delivery sites. To learn more, visit www.migrantclinician.org/about.html.

 

9. PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases)

A support group, PKIDs, provides information and resources for parents looking for counseling, referrals, and information for parents of children with infectious diseases. The PKIDs' Communications Made Easy Program helps immunization teachers learn skills like social marketing and social media to make sure that parents and their children are receiving the proper information that they need. To learn more about the group, visit www.pkids.org/cme/.

 

10. Your State Health Department

Without a doubt, the best partnership your practice can have is your local state health department. Reaching out to the department’s Immunization Program Manager is a great way to learn more about what other local agencies and practices are doing to enhance their vaccination rates. Having that information can make your department both more effective and more efficient in the long run for your patients.

 

Do you have any more ideas on vaccinating your community? We would love to hear about them. Contact one of our public health experts or schedule a meeting to share your feedback and discuss what’s working and what’s not working for your organization. For additional public health resources, visit our Resource Center.

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