WA-CHIP Immunization Learning Collaborative: Cohort 6

Marina Martinez, Program Manager

Our sixth cohort of the WA-CHIP Immunization Learning Collaborative kicked off last month with nine clinics participating. This unique Cohort has over half of the enrolled clinics are family practice clinics and half of the clinics have 50% or more patients on Medicaid and/or are in a high social vulnerability area. We have the opportunity to increase childhood and adolescent immunization rates that have fallen and remain low due to Covid-19, and look forward to reaching a large number of marginalized patients.

Clinic Name Location 
Children First PediatricsRenton, WA
HMC Family MedicineSeattle, WA 
Mason ClinicShelton, WA 
Neighborcare Rainier BeachSeattle, WA 
Newport Health CenterNewport, WA 
Odessa Brown OthelloSeattle, WA
Pediatric Specialty PracticesFederal Way, WA
Swedish Edmonds Birth and Family ClinicEdmonds, WA
Swedish Sandpoint Primary CareSeattle, WA

Clinics gathered at our kick-off meetings and received education in quality improvement fundamentals and leading change in their practices. Clinics are already working with their coaches to select unique interventions to reduce missed opportunities to vaccinate. Clinics will all also implement reminder-recall / outreach to patients due or overdue for childhood (4–6-year-old) or adolescent vaccines.

We asked clinic leaders to share their top reasons for missed vaccination opportunities and identified two main barriers:

  1. Patient/parent refuses or delays vaccination
  2. Patient with infrequent visits to primary care

This month, clinic leaders will finalize their interventions with their clinic and our QI coaches will be there to support these change makers. We are thrilled with Cohort 6, despite staff shortages, these leaders have joined us to collaborate, create efficient workflows, and establish best practices to raise vaccination rates for children and adolescents in WA state.

This learning collaborative is co-led by WCAAP and Seattle Children’s and funded by generous support from the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health Seattle King County’s Best Starts for Kids. We are thankful to our sponsor Molina Healthcare for making our robust race, ethnicity, and language data analysis possible. As well Wellpoint WA, Inc. for incentivizing reminder-recall for our busy clinics and offering vaccine clinics.

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