SHC and Influenza Vaccine Equity

Flu vaccination, generally, and especially among blacks and Hispanic and other non-white populations, is far below recommended levels, putting vulnerable populations at needless risk of illness, disability, and death.

Through research, publication, development of a state-of-the-art geo-map, and quality improvement activities, SHC is leading an effort in collaboration with national experts and health care systems and advocates to achieve increased and equitable flu vaccination, especially among racially and ethnically diverse populations.

In late 2018, SHC launched DRIVE – Demonstrating Real Improvement Value in Equity – a Quality Improvement Education (QIE) movement which commenced with pilot projects in 3 large health systems during the 2018-19 flu season. Christiana Care in Wilmington, DE, Urban Health Plan in Queens, NY, and Prisma in Greenville, SC underwent SHC training to implement influenza immunization improvement strategies. Such initiatives have since successfully broadened their reach and continue to expand. In addition, DRIVE’s focus is being expanded to include chronic conditions that place patients at increased risk of adverse influenza outcomes.