Date of Graduation
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Family Nurse Practitioner
Prabjot Sandhu, DNP, FNP-C, RN, PA-C, CNL
Neda Afshar, DNP, FNP-C, MSN, RN
Background: The COVID-19 disease has been found to cause an estimated 570,003 deaths in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2021). Statistics showed that the elderly, immunocompromised, and vulnerable populations are the most at risk for this disease. Vaccination is an important aspect of disease prevention in healthcare issues around the world. Vaccination against the COVID-19 prevents this communicable disease from the spread and serious adverse health outcomes.
Problem: The Latin X communities in the Tenderloin District in San Francisco city are confronted with multiple factors that affect their willingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Factors include the distrust of the healthcare system and the lack of support.
Methods: This project implementation plan is to focus on engaging gaps and limitations by conducting educational sessions with leading organizations to promote, educate and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to this vulnerable community in settings that are comfortable, community-oriented, and culturally tailored. Concentrating vaccination efforts in communities most heavily impacted by COVID-19 will significantly bend the disease curve. The research demonstrated that there is a direct correlation between proper patient education and increment in vaccination rates through community outreach.
Intervention: This implementation project is focused on the use of influencers to help promote awareness about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. The influencer style of engaging communities at risk can facilitate a change in clinical practice and can improve vaccination acceptance among the Latin X population.
Results: Influencers reported an increase in knowledge acquisition and improved confidence in providing community-oriented and culturally tailored education to the Latin X communities. Results demonstrated that the number (n=50) of participants who agreed to vaccinate was increased to more than 40%. COVID-19 vaccination rates among Latin X showed an increase from 30 to 50 vaccines per day.
Conclusion: With this public health initiative, the project team members, as well as the influencers, demonstrated that disseminating information through one-on-one, social and media improved vaccination rates for the Latin X population. Overcoming barriers that affect vulnerable populations. As information regarding the COVID-19 continues to evolve, updating community outreach approaches to ensure more communities can promote vaccinations with an influencers approach.
Carrico, Gabriela, "Increasing vaccination rates in the Latin X communities through a public health initiative for increasing education and vaccination" (2022). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects. 291.