Population Health

Improving vaccine equity

Image of a man receiving an injectionThe University of Washington Population Health Initiative is leading an interdisciplinary research team that is undertaking a mixed-methods study to better understand changes in childhood vaccination rates by race and county in the U.S.

This information will help the team produce observations and recommendations about the key factors and attributes of more resilient immunization programs that can narrow the racial gap in health and well-being that persists in the United States.

This project has three focus areas:

  1. Identify nine representative counties that have had the most progress, least progress and median progress in improving childhood vaccination racial equity over the past 15 years.
  2. Engage key stakeholders in each of the nine selected counties to identify which interventions or public policies have most effectively improved racial vaccination equity.
  3. Identify features of interventions, programs, procedures or policies that offer benefits that could translate to other vaccine preventable diseases.

We believe the findings of this project will support policy makers, healthcare providers and other key stakeholders to understand not only what a county’s vaccination coverage ought to be, but also offer insights into how that county or state may realistically improve racial equity in vaccination coverage.

The UW project team has included faculty, students and staff from the College of Arts & Sciences, Information School, School of Medicine, School of Public Health and School of Social Work.