A National Network of Public Health and Faith-Based Organizations to Increase Influenza Prevention Among Hard-to-Reach Populations

American Journal of Public Health
March 2019  109(3)
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/current

NATIONAL NETWORK
A National Network of Public Health and Faith-Based Organizations to Increase Influenza Prevention Among Hard-to-Reach Populations
Other Race/Ethnicity, Other Health Service Delivery, Immunization/Vaccines, Prevention, Public Health Practice, Race/Ethnicity, Community Health, Health Service Delivery
Mimi Kiser and Kay Lovelace
109(3), pp. 371–377
….The Influenza Initiative worked to extend vaccination education and services, and thus, the reach of public health organizations, to vulnerable, at-risk, hard to reach, and minority populations.10 IHP developed a small award process for selecting committed, well-prepared community collaboratives from the cohort of teams that participated in the Institute for Public Health and Faith Collaborations. Selection criteria included being a faith and public health collaborative trusted within the community, capacity and experience engaging in “ground-up” health promotion and disease prevention with populations experiencing health disparities, and commitment to the goals of the Influenza Initiative. Collaboratives applied, and 9 were selected to form the initial network. In the second year, an additional site was added (all 10 sites are shown in Table A, available as a supplement to the online version of this article at http://www.ajph.org). The national network focused on capacity building and reach to address barriers of income, legal, and historical mistrust,11,12 culture and language, and geographic isolation…