Immunizations are considered one of the most effective public health interventions because they reduce or eliminate the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends vaccinations from birth through adulthood to provide a lifetime of immunity. While childhood vaccination rates are relatively high overall, there are gaps, and most adults are not vaccinated as recommended, leaving them vulnerable to diseases that could be prevented.
We work with federal, state, and local public health agencies, the medical community, and other public and private partners in their efforts to improve immunization rates, particularly among those populations that face the biggest challenges in accessing health care. We seek to better understand the reasons for immunization gaps and to implement evidence-based strategies and interventions to eliminate barriers.
Our work includes providing immunization education and technical assistance to health care providers in order to strengthen and expand their immunization programs for children and adults.
Our services include:
- Needs assessments
- Training and technical assistance (with toolkit and resource development)
- Quality improvement
- Program development, implementation, and evaluation
- Partnership development and coalition management
- Health communication campaigns