Date of Graduation
Project/Capstone - Global access
Master of Public Health (MPH)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Vaccines are vital in maintaining a healthy community. They assist in decreasing the spread of diseases; in fact, the World Health Organization estimates that globally vaccines prevent 2-3 million deaths a year and that 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if vaccine distribution and confidence improved. Vaccine hesitancy is defined as a delay or refusal in vaccines and the concept is growing among all populations due to a decrease in vaccine confidence and misinformation. In order to decrease vaccine hesitancy, the government and larger healthcare agencies must invest in local community-based programs. These organizations play an important role in educating hard-to-reach and vulnerable communities to deliver factual and scientific information in a culturally fair manner. This capstone paper addresses the background of vaccine hesitancy and the importance of community-based organization’s efforts to increase vaccine confidence. The Global Immunization Action Network Team (GIANT) is attempting to conduct research to determine the best platforms and practices in delivering scientific and evidenced-based education on vaccines to improve health literacy in the community. Using a logic model assists in determining how community-based organizations should conduct research, achieve goals and evaluate the process. This will ultimately be utilized for funding purposes and to work within achieving the organization’s goals, mission, and vision. Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach will assist in achieving vaccine uptake in diverse communities.
Cassady, Megan, "Community-based Organizations and Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy: GIANT's Role in Increasing Vaccine Confidence" (2021). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1231.