243226 Engaging communities in the response to the H1N1 and seasonal influenza: A promising model for reaching vulnerable populations

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 3:10 PM

Mimi Kiser, RN, MPH, DMin , Rollins School of Public Health, Interfaith Health Program, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Iris Smith, PhD, MPH , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Background: Well-known disparities in seasonal influenza highlight the importance of reaching vulnerable and minority populations during a pandemic response and annual seasonal influenza prevention. We describe a model for working with community and faith-based organizations to reach vulnerable populations. Methods: Ten sites were selected based on their ability to reach vulnerable populations. Sites included: Chicago; Colorado Springs; Detroit; Los Angeles; Lowell, MA; Memphis; Minnesota; Schuylkill County, PA; Brooklyn; and St. Louis. Sites received a small grant, an initial training, technical assistance conference calls and updated H1N1 and influenza information on a regular basis. Sites focused on assuring access to prevention information and services for those beyond the reach of public health uninsured, low income minorities, immigrants, refugees, homeless, and migrant farm workers. Results: From October 2009-April 2010, nine sites conducted outreach through community and faith-based networks comprised of 4606 organizations. A number of the sites worked with local health departments or healthcare systems to host vaccination clinics or supply volunteers. One site, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, contributed large numbers of volunteers to events in Los Angeles that provided 72,838 vaccinations during the fall of 2009. From October through December 2010, aggregate accomplishments reported by all ten sites include: 1,430 attendants in educational sessions; 100 non-traditional vaccination site events vaccinating at least 4,637 individuals; and 94 volunteers trained to assist with vaccine clinics, conduct outreach and evaluation interviews. Conclusions: A comprehensive evaluation is being conducted during the spring of 2011 and will be reported on in this session.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to: 1. Identify partnership relationship practices between public health and community and faith-based organizations that extend reach to those typically outside the range of public health. 2. Explain the value of trusted broker intermediaries in assuring acceptance of government efforts to protect the public. 3. Describe evaluation measures that effectively capture local community-based capacities to reach vulnerable, at-risk, and minority populations with important public health prevention information and services.

Keywords: Faith Community, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have led the two years of work with the 10 sites that I will be reporting on in this session.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.