SHC, NMQF Leadership Insights on Flu Vaccine Disparities Featured in Modern Healthcare

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Dr. Laura Lee Hall and Dr. Gary A. Puckrein

Washington D.C. (December 12, 2020) — Insights on the importance of influenza vaccines for communities of color by Dr. Laura Lee Hall, Ph.D., President of the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity, and Dr. Gary A. Puckrein Ph.D., President of the National Minority Quality Forum, were published in Modern Healthcare.

The article, Breaking Bias: Increased Flu Vaccine Has Never Been More Important for Communities of Color, states “Blacks and Hispanics were 30% less likely to get any flu vaccine, even adjusting for demographic and clinical factors. Unsurprisingly, Blacks, Native Americans and Hispanics experienced the highest rates of flu-associated hospitalization over the last 10 years. It is important to get a flu shot to promote health equity.”

To read more, access the article at Modern Healthcare.

To learn more about SHC and its effort to promote equitable health care, including vaccination, contact shc@nmqf.org.