263070 Cost and time efficient strategies to providing immigrant populations with immunizations

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 12:50 PM - 1:10 PM

Anyah Land, MPH , Child Health Advocacy and Outreach Department, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Greta Todd-Moorhead, MA , Child Health Advocacy and Outreach Department, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Michelle Radomski, RN , Child Health Advocacy and Outreach Department, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends increasing targeted vaccination coverage by expanding access in healthcare settings and reducing client out-of-pocket costs. A children's hospital mobile medical unit program formed a partnership with a refugee resettlement program to increase the number of immigrant children who receive recommended and required immunizations at no cost to their family. This collaboration decreased common barriers among refugee families such as cost, language barriers with medical terminology, time that immigrants spend out of school and away from work, and time delay of receiving immunizations due to pending Medicaid applications. In 2011, this program provided all of the immigrant children with 383 required and recommended immunizations in addition to dental care and other medical services at no cost.

The objective of this presentation is to explain cost and time effective strategies to providing immunizations for refugee children and their families.

The mobile medical unit program developed a winning strategy to meet the needs of the immigrant population without concern for the barriers associated with providing medical services. The program's strategy includes developing clear lines of communication across all languages and with collaborating agencies. This program also efficiently uses staff and medical resources, which reduces cost and administrative barriers. Families are able to receive immunizations and other medical services for multiple children during one point of contact, resulting in a more efficient use of the family's time. This strategy is easily adaptable for other agencies that provide immigrant populations with medical resources at minimal cost.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control

Learning Objectives:
Explain cost and time effective strategies for providing immunizations to refugee children

Keywords: Immigrants, Immunizations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Michelle Radomski has been a pediatric registered nurse for 28 years in St. Louis, Missouri. She has worked in this capacity to advocate for underserved communities. Currently she is the manager of the Healthy Kids Express Screening Program and Healthy Kids Express Dental Program at St. Louis Childrenís Hospital. She is proud of her contribution the hospitalís community involvement to create awareness that promotes childrenís health and brings services to those in need.
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.