Adult Immunization - Rural Intervention

Faculty Contact: Sarah J. Clark, MPH

Background:
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a full schedule of adult immunization, not all adult health care providers offer the full complement of recommended adult vaccines.  In rural areas, this can create challenges to ensuring that adults receive vaccines. 

Objectives:
To identify rural areas of Michigan with limited access to adult immunization; to develop and evaluate interventions to improve access to adult immunization.

Research Topics & Methods:
The project will involve several components:

  • Analysis of data from Michigan’s immunization registry to identify areas with low adult immunization rates
  • Sites visits to identified areas to understand which vaccines are and are not offered by various providers
  • Development of strategies to support an “immunization neighborhood” approach to ensuring that residents of rural areas have access to the full complement of adult vaccines

Funder: 
The project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.

For more information, please contact:
Principal Investigator: Sarah Clark, MPH
Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit
University of Michigan Division of General Pediatrics
300 North Ingalls, 6E06 Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5456
Telephone: 734-615-8145 Fax: 734-764-2599
Email: saclark[at]umich[dot]edu