Learning from Kindergarteners: Uncovering Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Alaska’s Vaccination Coverage – 8/7/2014

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Speakers: Brian Yablon, MD


Description: Improving vaccination coverage requires both an understanding of general principles as well as local epidemiology. CDC’s National Immunization Survey is a valuable source of data, but it is limited in its ability to assess vaccination coverage disparities at the level of an individual state or health jurisdiction. School districts collect vaccination data, as well as racial and socioeconomic data, for all students. This study was able to use de-identified school data to analyze vaccination coverage by district, race, and socioeconomic status, uncovering previously unidentified health disparities.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify known barriers to vaccination and best practices to improve vaccination coverage.
  • Describe how graphical analysis, logistic regression, and survival analysis were used to demonstrate significant vaccination coverage disparities in this state.
  • Apply these techniques to future analyses of vaccination coverage disparities in their own health jurisdictions.

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