Date of Graduation

Fall 12-12-2014

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Barbara Sattler

Abstract

Prevention is the key to public health and immunizations is one of the most effective and efficient means of protection against infectious diseases. The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) is a public-private partnership whose mission is dedicated to achieving and maintaining full immunization protection for all Californians to promote health and prevent serious illness. In order to improve immunization rates, analysis of needs is a primary focus of CIC; immunization rates for both children and adults remain low, due to compounding factors such as rising personal belief exemptions, mistrust of government and doctors, and lack of strong provider recommendations. To address these needs, a culmination of five main goals were developed: familiarization with the CIC; support California Medical Association on a HPV vaccine campaign; develop partnerships with colleges and nurseries; provide awareness and resources for colleges and nurseries; and raise awareness and education through social media outlets. The collaborative nature of CIC with local and state health departments, community organizations, and other key stakeholders help promote local and statewide involvement and community building. The following paper is a broad summary of a 300-hour fieldwork experience at CIC specific to improving awareness, advocating for, and developing innovative methods for increasing rates of immunizations across California.

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