The CIRE has received funding to conduct a pilot project that will use enhanced communication techniques to address the vaccine hesitant parent at the medical encounter. The CIRE has partnered with a local pediatric clinic for the project. The pilot project will measure provider satisfaction with and perceived efficacy of the communication techniques. If successful, the CIRE hopes to expand this pilot project and test the communication strategy in multiple clinics. Results from this project will be available in Summer 2017.
This pilot project is funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation ($50,000) and the Dakota Medical Foundation ($50,000).
The CIRE has also received funding to educate North Dakota's healthcare providers on how to effectively promote HPV vaccination to parents and patients at the medical encounter. CIRE staff and HPV subject experts will canvass the state to provide clinician-to-clinician education to pediatric and family medicine healthcare providers using AFIX methodologies. Education will focus on the importance of HPV vaccination and how to effectively recommend the vaccine. After the peer-to-peer education, healthcare providers will be more informed about HPV and the HPV vaccine, be able to make strong, consistent, and effective recommendations for the vaccine for males and females, be able to adddress parental and patient concerns and questions about the vaccine, and make HPV vaccination procedures routine in their practice and focus on ways to reduce missed opportunities.
This project is funded by the Prevent Cancer Foundation ($25,000) and by a grant subcontracted through the North Dakota Department of Health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ($401,519).
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) engaged the CIRE to study immunization policies, practices, beliefs, and opinions in the state of North Dakota. The CIRE conducted focus groups and interviews with nearly 200 immunization stakeholders around the state, collected and analyzed state and national data, and reviewed other states' immunization policies and practices. In June 2016, the CIRE presented a report to the NDDoH with study findings and recommendations to improve immunization rates in the state of North Dakota. To view the study, click here.
This project was funded by the North Dakota Department of Health. ($91,935)
The CIRE is seeking support for several potential research projects. These include studying: 1) communication and education strategies at the medical encounter to improve parental understanding and acceptance of vaccination, 2) the impact of earlier vaccine educational intervention as part of maternal education at the pre-natal medical encounter and in the hospital setting with the education given after delivery, 3) partnering with pharmacies/pharmacists, particularly in rural settings, to increase opportunities for adult immunization by pharmacists directly providing and administering vaccines, and 4) working with regional healthcare systems to identify ways to hardwire best immunization practice into standard workflows and electronic medical record functionality.