Improving immunization rates

vaccine pageHenry Ford Health System (HFHS) researchers are collaborating on local and global projects related to reducing barriers to vaccination for underserved populations. Our research began with community focus groups, which allowed us to better understand why Detroit has among the lowest rates of recommended childhood and adult immunizations in the United States. We have since used this information to expand our immunization research globally. Our initiatives to improve immunization rates are grounded in community-based participatory research and include electronic and mobile health interventions as well as educational programs to increase knowledge about the importance of vaccines. Our goal is to use the information gathered to improve rates of immunization, especially among vulnerable populations.

Featured projects:

Improving vaccine uptake for vulnerable populations

A collaborative project between HFHS/Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Wayne State University, sponsored by Merck, is currently underway. This project aims to increase adult immunization rates in Henry Ford outpatient clinics by utilizing provider-based education, usage of electronic systems designed to track immunization rates, and other interventions including a “vaccine champion” system identifying providers in clinics who are dedicated to increasing immunization rates. The two-year project will be implemented in 20 clinics throughout Henry Ford Health System.

Best practices for vaccine preventable diseases in Haiti

In spring 2016, GHI will host its second scientific conference in collaboration with the Laboratoire National de Santé Publique. This year’s conference will focus on best practices for establishing and utilizing partnerships to achieve targets and goals in the context of vaccine preventable diseases in Haiti. The conference will target laboratory and government personnel, academic institutions, funding agencies, and other stakeholders engaged or interested in vaccines in Haiti.

Southeast Asian vaccinology training

In collaboration with Mahidol University in Thailand and the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology in Viet Nam, GHI is working towards a vaccinology training program. Utilizing a unique electronic and mobile health approach, we will focus on both vaccine policy development and community engagement.