The goal of the AHRQ-funded project, Youth Providers 2.0 (YP2.0), is to improve the use of evidence-based practices among health care providers caring for adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this goal, SAHM will engage in a number of activities using new media to improve the dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) to health professionals.
Specifically, SAHM is working to: create new technology-based education resources to promote evidence-based health care practice via dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR); disseminate information on PCOR to health professionals caring for adolescents and young adults using new technologies and to integrate SAHM’s traditional professional education activities with these new technologies; and evaluate the impact of PCOR disseminated via new technologies on health professionals who care for adolescents and young adults.
This is a 3-year program funded from March 2013 to February 2016.
SAHM Local Public Health Demonstration Project Grants
Adolescent vaccination rates have improved but remain low compared to pediatric vaccination rates, so there is a need for further inquiry to better understand the barriers to vaccination in this population and how to effectively deliver preventive services such as vaccination to them. Adolescent vaccination coverage varies widely among states and local areas. For multidose vaccination regimens, series-completion rates are often insufficient. Clinicians face many challenges to initiating and completing vaccine series. Further, health inequities continue to exist by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) solicited proposals for innovative local public health demonstration projects that will improve our understanding of adolescent vaccination and ultimately lead to interventions to increase vaccination rates in the adolescent population.
In February 2012, SAHM was proud to announce that 10 notable proposals designed to address the unique barriers associated with vaccination uptake in the adolescent population would be funded at a level of $150,000-$160,000. The grant recipients are:
Adolescent Vaccination Kiosk Project, University of Colorado, Denver, CO; Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH
Harnessing Technology to Improve Adolescent Vaccination Compliance, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; Tracy King, MD, MPH
Improving Adolescent Immunization: Applying Global Health Strategies Locally, Department of Public Health Seattle-King County, Seattle, WA; Jeff Duchin, MD
Innovative Registry-based Outreach Component (iROC), University of California, San Diego, CA; Mark Sawyer, MD
A Multilevel Approach to Increasing HPV Vaccine Initiation Among Adolescents, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Stephanie Staras, MSPH, PhD
Public Health to Improve Adolescent Vaccinations, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC; Emmanuel Walter, MD, MPH
Reaching Adolescents for HPV Immunization Using Facebook, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA; Caroline Johnson, MD
Text Reminders to Immunize in a Managed Care Organization (TRIO), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; Cynthia Rand, MD
Using Electronic Health Record Technologies to Improve Adolescent Vaccination, The MetroHealth System, Cleveland, OH; David C. Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH, MS
Vaccinating Adolescents Now at School (the VANS Project), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; Amy B. Middleman, MD, MSEd, MPH
Projects will conclude by October 2013, when a summit meeting of grantees will be held in Cincinnati to evaluate project results.
SAHM Committee Chair and Project Principal Investigator
Jessica A. Kahn, MD, MPH