Immunization Grant Award: 2015 Recipients

About the 2015 Senior Immunization Grant Awards

Grants provided by Pfizer Inc. allowed resident physicians from six Family Medicine residency programs (FMRP) to learn quality improvement project design, implementation and analysis by focusing on increasing the immunization of medically underserved patients age 65 and older during the 2015-2016 influenza season (September 2015 through March 2016).

The Foundation's Immunization Award Committee selected recipients based on their ability to design a QI project that identifies best practices and implements high-impact, team-based solutions capable of improving influenza and pneumococcal rates in their medically underserved, senior patients.

Outcomes and Reports from the 2015 Award Recipients

From September 2015 through March 2016 (project period):

Influenza immunization rates for seniors, when averaged across all six FMRPS, improved by an average of 13%.

  • Among the six FMRPs, pre-project influenza immunization rates for seniors ranged from a low of 22% to a high of 44%; Post-project rates ranged from a low of 43% to a high of 65%.
  • Most Improved: University of Kansas Wichita FMRP- senior influenza immunization rates increased from 29% to 63%.

Pneumococcal immunization rates for seniors, averaged across all six FMRPS, improved by an average of 15%.

  • Among the six FMRPs, pre-project senior pneumococcal immunization rates ranged from a low of 11% to a high of 61%; Post-project rates ranged from a low of 26% to a high of 65%.
  • Most Improved: Brooklyn Hospital FMRP - senior pneumococcal vaccination rates increased from 29% to 65%.

All FMRPs were required to submit their results and findings, and present these in a poster session at the 2016 National Conference. To offer additional insight into the processes undertaken, the AAFP Foundation produced a case study for each award recipient. The poster, findings and case study for each FMRPs project are available for viewing and downloading:

 

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