The University of North Texas Health Science Center and INCEDO collaborated with technical assistance from the Texas Department of State Health Services, to reduce the number of children who remain unprotected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Efforts were concentrated in Public Health Regions 4 and 5 (East Texas).
Partners in the Regions
Each session was conducted in Texas Public Health Region 4/5(N). Cities included: Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Texarkana, Tyler, Tyler, Marshall, Longview, Rusk, Jacksonville (2), Mt. Pleasant, Paris, Kilgore, Henderson, Athens, Carthage, and Palestine.
In many of these areas, we partnered with the local Area Health Education Center, Local/County Health Departments, immunization advocacy groups and hospitals to promote the activities and recruit participants. Relationships developed through the Texas Alliance for CME were important in these efforts. This strategy required significantly more effort because relationships had to be established and nurtured.
Participants in Grand Rounds, Round Tables, and Conferences:
775 (physicians, PA, NP, RN or LVN)
This initiative succeeded at improving provider knowledge, competence and performance,
as well as patient and community health outcomes.
• Providers are better prepared to discuss immunizations and concerns surrounding them
• 70% of providers indicated an intent to use ImmTrac, the state’s immunization registry
• Patients report experiencing improved office visits related to immunizations
• Barriers to receiving immunizations were eliminated
• Accurate education was provided to thousands of parents
• Providers adopted ImmTrac and those who did use it adopted a reminder/recall system
• More than 8,000 children received immunizations
• Immunization rates at schools in communities where educational activities were focused
increased compared to declining rates in the overall region.
• Partnership throughout the region were established and strengthened to continue advocacy and
increase vaccine coverage.Educational series conducted in 15 East Texas counties with
lower-than-region pedi immunization rates.