King County: Improve Your Practice’s Adolescent Vaccination Rates

Ariana Salaiz
WCAAP Program Manager

Vaccination rates have decreased 37% for 11-12 year olds and 35% for 13-17 year olds in our state this year. It is more important than ever to ensure our youth are receiving the preventive care they need.

The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Public Health Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) have joined forces to help you increase adolescent vaccination rates through our WA-CHIP learning collaborative.

WA-CHIP has supported two successful cohorts over the past 18 months, reaching 13 clinics and thousands of adolescents. Clinics in our current cohort reduced missed opportunities to vaccinate by 44% in their first few months of the initiative.

Our third cohort will be kicking off mid-March and we have capacity to serve just three more King County clinics, beyond the seven that have already joined.

Over a 9-month period, participating clinics will identify opportunities to increase adolescent vaccinations, implement improvements, receive regular data and coaching, and benefit from participating in a community of clinics working toward the same goals.

In addition to receiving technical assistance, quality improvement intervention coaching, and networking opportunities, participating clinicians will receive:

  • Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for pediatricians and family physicians
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • Access to tools to improve low adolescent vaccination rates due to COVID-19

To assess improvement, we will collect HEDIS Combo 2 data for your clinic. We will share this data with you at project kick-off and quarterly for a year, in aggregate and by vaccine. We will also ask you to implement a regular reminder-recall process for adolescents due for vaccines, and monitor your missed opportunities monthly. We will provide you with simple tools to implement reminder-recall and to collect this information. We will help you assess the impact of your intervention and modify it, if needed.

To sign up or arrange a time to learn more about participating, please contact Ariana Salaiz at or 509-494-4505.