Our privacy policy has changed. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Dismiss

Boosting Immunization Rates in Milwaukee: MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Partner on Project

Aug. 7, 2013

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) received a three-year, $1.3 million award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to improve the rates of childhood immunization in Milwaukee neighborhoods in which there are significant disparities in immunization coverage.

Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Kellner Professor in Pediatrics at MCW, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, and Director of Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnership, is the primary investigator of the project, titled “Community Health Improvement for Milwaukee’s Children (CHIMC): Take Control – IMMUNIZE!” Dr. Willis is a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Childhood immunizations are a key factor in the prevention and control of preventable diseases. According to the World Health Organization, vaccinations save the lives of more than three million people every year.

However, there are significant immunization rate disparities among children under the age of 4 years of age. CHIMC originated as a partnership between MCW researchers and community partners using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to address immunization rate disparities. In partnership with community members, researchers designed a social media campaign and an education program and identified key factors associated with both barriers and facilitators of immunization compliance. After four years of the project titled “Save Lives – Immunize,” the immunization rates increased by 82% in children 19-35 months of age, which is consistent with the Healthy People 2020 goal (80%) for this age group.

This project will build upon findings from the previous research efforts to disseminate the findings from “Save Lives – Immunize” and facilitate adoption of this CBPR approach by local non-profit organizations for families and children younger than four years old. A web-based immunization toolkit will be developed to engage families and other community members, while utilizing social media strategies and tactics.

Community Watch

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft 5/2

» Travis Hudson earns third straight volleyball National Player of the Year Award 5/2

» Wauwatosa East student named 2016 presidential scholar 5/2

» Tosa Tonight announces 2016 concert headliners 5/2

» 360NOW: Wander Wawatosa's village 4/29

» Milwaukee Co. Zoo welcomes new female giraffe calf 4/29

» Video Tosa Top 5: Five things you need to know about in Wauwatosa 4/28

» Wauwatosa seeks volunteers for focus groups on city communication 4/28

» Show about solitary confinement encourages discussion, activism 4/28

» Annual Tosa Night Out celebration will relocate to Milwaukee County Zoo Updated:  4/27

» District leaders question use of Wauwatosa schools as voting locations Updated:  4/27

» Area businesses collaborate to create the 'Cranky Sammie' in East Tosa 4/27

» Wauwatosa Sports Notes: Players sign with colleges, baseball fundraiser, more 4/26

» Wauwatosa West sprinters stand out at Kansas Relays 4/26

» Wauwatosa West' Hannah-Howell, Jefferson shine at Sun Prairie Track Meet 4/26

» Wauwatosa West tennis team wins three of four at Raider/Trojan Invite 4/26

» Wauwatosa golfers finish fifth at first GMC mini meet 4/26

» Wauwatosa East kickers go 2-1 at Mt. Prospect Invitational, lose to DSHA, beat Homestead 4/26

» Wauwatosa West soccer team tied for first in Woodland with 4-0 record 4/26

» Principal's racial comment to Wauwatosa West student sparks protest at school Updated:  4/25

» Severe thunderstorm watch in effect 4/25

» Political memorabilia appraiser makes stop in Wauwatosa 4/25

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Previewing NFL Draft with Rob Reischel and Nathan Tanguay 4/25

» Cheryl Berdan steps in as Wauwatosa Common Council president 4/22

» Video Tosa Top 5: Five things you need to know about in Wauwatosa this week 4/21

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Hidden Tosa

 

"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where reporters Rory Linnane or Rachel Minske explore the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.

Advertisement

CONNECT