Immunization Equity Technical Assistance for Community-Based Organizations

Dates: 2014-2015

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

Service: Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Health Disparities, Immunization

Recognized as one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions, immunization saves countless lives every year and is a proven investment for public health. Health equity has emerged as a critical theme for public health, with efforts to increase immunization rates among under-immunized populations as a key focus.

JSI, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity and Immunization Program, offered and facilitated technical assistance to five local boards of health and five community health centers to build capacity and facilitate systems change that will address and sustain immunization equity by increasing adult and childhood vaccination rates among under-immunized populations.

This work is part of the Massachusetts Immunization Equity Initiative launched in 2010 whose goal is to increase immunization coverage among racial, ethnic and linguistic minority populations throughout the state toward the Healthy People 2020 goals. The Initiative focuses on a community-based approach to reach the target populations with the application of two frameworks to guide the work - the quality improvement Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) Cycle and the national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services for Health and Healthcare (CLAS) Standards.