ImmunizationImmunizations are one of the most effective public health interventions because they reduce or eliminate the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases. CDC recommends vaccinations from birth through adulthood to provide a lifetime of immunity. While childhood vaccination rates are relatively high, gaps remain, and most adults are not vaccinated as recommended, leaving them vulnerable to illness, long-term suffering, and even death.
Changes in vaccination policies and practices have created opportunities to improve the delivery of vaccinations and put evidence-based recommendations into practice. The Affordable Care Act promotes preventive care, including vaccinations, and reduces financial barriers that have historically limited access. Creating systems for local health departments to bill for vaccinations administered; expanding immunization activities in workplaces and pharmacies; modernizing the use of state immunization registries; and addressing school coverage and exemption rates are all examples of policy and practice methods that are being refined and strengthened.
JSI has long assisted government agencies, community health centers, health care providers, and other public and private partners in their efforts to improve immunization rates, particularly with under-immunized populations. JSI supports its clients with needs assessments, evidence-based training and technical assistance, partnership development and coalition management, process and outcome evaluation, toolkit and resource development, and health communication campaigns.
To learn about ongoing immunization work, read staff posts on the JSI blog, The Pump.
JSI worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to collect and analyze health care personnel influenza vaccine coverage data for the 2015-2016 influenza season from health care facilities in Massachusetts.
JSI helped to identify current best practices among immunizations programs to improve access to immunization services for uninsured adults.
JSI is assisting with the establishment of a NCIRD Strategic Partnerships Plan to drive the engagement of a partner network. The network will increase NCIRD reach & impact through shared resources and implement systems for continuous program improvement.
JSI is providing project management and evaluation services to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health initiative to help obtain their goal of 80% of adolescents in the state receiving three doses of HPV vaccine by 13–15 years of age.
JSI facilitated clinical roll-out and user support for the Massachusetts Immunization Information System Program, which is used by health care professionals to report all administered immunizations.
JSI co-hosted the annual MA adult immunization conference. The conference gathered a range of health care providers and public health professionals to support statewide efforts to increase adult immunization rates
NH immunization rates are high, but pockets of disparity still pose a challenge. JSI worked with the NH Immunization Program to increase immunization rates of adolescents and adults by promoting awareness of the benefits of vaccines and immunizations.