AAFP Improving Adult Immunization Rates among Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations Project

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Adult immunization data indicate that although coverage levels have increased, there is wide variation at the state and local levels. Family physicians have reported numerous barriers and challenges to providing all necessary immunizations, especially within underserved populations. To address this need, the AAFP developed the "Improving Adult Immunization Rates among Racial and Ethnic Minority Population" project which aims to educate family physicians and health care teams about effective strategies for improving adult immunization rates among racial and ethnic minority patients. Through a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the focus is to improve adult immunization rates among underserved populations through an interprofessional approach. Key objectives are to educate family medicine practices on initiatives such as implementing evidence-based interventions, addressing myths and misinformation, and increasing public awareness and acceptance of adult vaccines. Despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines and substantial progress in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases, efforts are still needed to reach equitable vaccination coverage.     

Author(s):Denee Moore, MD, FAAFP; Martha Shepherd, DO, MPH, FAAFP; Mina Khan, MD, FAAFP
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To address the need to improve adult immunization rates among racial and ethnic minority populations, the AAFP developed the "Improving Adult Immunization Rates among Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations" project which aims to educate family physicians and health care teams about effective strategies to improve adult immunization rates. Key areas addressed in this project include: 1) implementing current recommendations; 2) reducing missed opportunities; 3) increasing public awareness and acceptance among underserved populations, including addressing myths and misconceptions; 4) exploring challenges faced by family medicine practices, and 5) implementing evidence-based interventions to improve vaccine coverage, including changes in practice workflow. One of the key components of this project is the Office Champion Quality Improvement Model to assist practices in improving their vaccination rates through Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles and provide resources to educate and measure adult immunization rates. This project utilizes a comprehensive quality improvement educational approach to improve adult immunization rates among underserved populations.

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