This study evaluated the most improved and highest performing immunization programs in an effort to identify strategies that could close the gaps in immunization levels. Childhood immunization levels in the United States are at an all-time high; however those levels vary across state and local immunization programs. Using immunization coverage rates from the 2000-2005 National Immunization Surveys, staff identified the seven most improved and 10 highest performing state and local immunization programs and conducted 166 key informant interviews with internal program staff and community partners at these sites. Key informants were asked about the immunization program characteristics and initiatives that contributed to their success, challenges that they faced in conducting their work, and their advice for other programs that were trying to improve or sustain childhood immunization coverage.
Themes that emerged from preliminary analysis of improved and high performing programs included the importance of knowing the community and understanding the barriers, taking advantage of data (especially data from immunization information systems), building relationships and partnerships with healthcare providers and community organizations, and understanding the importance of face-to-face contact with them.
Report Title: Closing the Gap: How do Immunization Programs Achieve and Sustain High Immunization Coverage? http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2008/webprogram/Paper15418.html
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control
Federal Contact: Julie Zajac, 404-498-4381
Performer: CDC's Immunization Services Division; ,
PIC ID: 9027