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Projects


Current Projects

The CIRE has received funding from the NDDoH to study immunization disparities in the state of North Dakota. CIRE staff will conduct interviews and focus groups with healthcare and immunization stakeholders throughout the state, collect and analyze immunization data, and review current literature on immunization disparities. In particular, this project will focus on the following immunization disparities: American Indian infants, rural vs. urban immunization disparities, and immunization rate differences observed between the eastern and western parts of North Dakota.

This project is funded by the North Dakota Department of Health. ($126,006) 

The CIRE has a contract with Sanford Health to evaluate their "Vax Champ" program and provide technical assistance to the enterprise's Immunization Strategy Leader. The results from the Vax Champ program evaluation are expected in 2019. 

This multi-year contract totals $57,500.

Past Projects


The 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 received funding to conduct a pilot project that used enhanced communication techniques to address the vaccine hesitant parent at the medical encounter. The CIRE partnered with a local pediatric clinic for the project. The pilot project measured provider satisfaction with and perceived efficacy of the communication techniques. The CIRE hopes to expand this pilot project and test the communication strategies in multiple clinics to determine if these strategies are associated with increased vaccine acceptance. 

This pilot project was funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation ($50,000) and the Dakota Medical Foundation. ($50,000)

The CIRE 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 canvassed the state to provide clinician-to-clinician education to pediatric and family medicine healthcare providers using AFIX methodologies. Education was focused on the importance of HPV vaccination and how to effectively recommend the vaccine. Results from this project are expected in 2019.

This project is funded by the Prevent Cancer Foundation ($25,000) and by a grant subcontracted through the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ($401,519)

Future Projects


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. 


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