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Advancing Health Center and School Partnerships to Improve COVID-19 Vaccination Administration for Adolescents

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Strategies for Youth: COVID-19 Vaccination

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Emerging Issues, Operations, Promising Practice, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations, Workforce

Resource Subtopic: COVID-19, Emergency Management, Health Equity, Population Health, Patient-Centered Health Outcomes, Patient Engagement, Programs and Services, Leadership.

Keywords: Access to Care, Adolescents and Youth, Care Coordination, Communication, Transparency, and Outreach, Community Engagement, Community Health Workers, Education of - Staff (e.g., Competency-Based), Patient Education, Immunization, Implementation Tools, Infectious Diseases, Outreach, Patient Satisfaction, Planning, Policies and Procedures, Prevention, School Health Services, Strategic Planning, Team-Based Care.

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Archived Webinar.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Clinicians PCAs

Language: English

Developed by: Community Health Center, Inc. (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: Weitzman Echo special one-time session to discuss Community Health Center Inc.\'s approach on the most reassuring and expedient ways to reach youth and their parents during the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Resource Details: The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds presents a new opportunity in the push for broad immunity against the coronavirus. However, the challenges of getting this group vaccinated are more complicated than for adults. Community Health Center, Inc. was recently featured in a New York Time’s article to discuss strategies for vaccinating adolescents, including speaking with parents, collaborating with schools, and setting up mobile vaccination sites. This special one-time session had CHC discusses their approach on the most reassuring and expedient ways to reach youth and their parents. Panelists included: Ruchi Kapoor, Vaccine Staff Nurse, Community Health Center, Inc.; Anne Marie Mancini, Deputy Superintendent, East Hartford Public Schools; Nathan Quesnel, Superintendent, East Hartford Public Schools; Amanda Schiessl, MPP, Project Director/Co-Principal Investigator. Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute; Stephen Scholand, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, MidState Medical Center; Amy Taylor, Vice President, Western Region, Community Health Center, Inc.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.