American Journal of Public Health
March 2018 108(3)
Fostering Interprofessional Education Through a Multidisciplinary, Community-Based Pandemic Mass Vaccination Exercise
Annette Hays, Christopher Schriever, John Rudzinski, Janet L. Lynch, Ellen Genrich and Allison Schriever
108(3), pp. 358–360
We expanded health care services to economically disadvantaged individuals in an interprofessional, student-driven vaccination effort that also served as a pandemic planning drill. Health care professional students from colleges in and around Rockford, Illinois participated in implementing a mass vaccination event from 2011 to 2014 that targeted the underserved population. There was a 459% increase in total vaccinations administered to at-risk patients from year 1 to year 4. This interprofessional health care student–driven effort expanded medical service to disadvantaged individuals.