Event Summary and Key Takeaways: Ensuring equitable delivery of COVID-19 vaccines has had many complexities, tasking leaders to face both hard decisions and to be creative in producing solutions. The...Read More
Collaboratives across the country are taking swift action to support their key stakeholders in responding to community needs during the COVID-19 crisis. The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is honored to share key findings, promising practices, important innovations, and stories of hope from our members and other national thought leaders.
Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines
As the supply of COVID-19 vaccines increases, eligibility expands, and vaccines receive FDA approval, the challenges of structural inequities and vaccine readiness remain increasingly urgent obstacles to achieving local herd immunity.
To support partners in identifying and harvesting scalable strategies that enable equitable vaccine delivery at the local level, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in partnership with Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), has organized a learning collaborative comprised of five organizations taking a multi-sector and cross-sector approach to equitable vaccine delivery.
Our panel will include experts from:
- The Health Collaborative and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
- Parkland Hospital and Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation
- Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County
- Better Health Partnership
Using Immunization Data to Identify Gaps in Care and to Inform Strategic Planning
On Tuesday, June 29th, we were joined by Kate Ricker-Kiefert, MS, PMP, CEO of AM Health IT Consulting, Interoperability SME Consultant with the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative and Crystal Eubanks, Senior Director, Care Redesign and the California Quality Collaborative, a program of the Purchaser Business Group on Health.
Kate kicked off the discussion sharing information on vaccine data systems and the flow of data for COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration.
Crystal highlighted successes and challenges of pediatric vaccinations in California. She drew attention to concerns of routine activity falling short with pediatric vaccinations, and noted that nationally we will likely be challenged with high demand in the fall as children get back to in-person learning.
Kate and Crystal engaged participants in discussion and shared key considerations and resources to support improvement efforts.
State and Regional Approaches to Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
As states across the country navigate the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, there are countless challenges to overcome. Though hope is on the horizon, the complexity of this work requires careful consideration while also addressing the urgency at hand. Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives are stepping up across the country to partner with local, regional, and state governments to support many facets of this significant undertaking.
Thursday, March 25th, we heard from the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy about how they are supporting states with COVID-19 vaccination through navigating rules, regulations, and emerging practices as well as from four NRHI members who highlighted their regional work to prop up vaccine task forces, supply key stakeholders with timely data, and serve as community coordinators in creating new vaccination sites. Speakers shared practical insight into how to solve for some of the largest barriers while also highlighting the importance of trusted relationships and partnerships.
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