CHF supports pediatric providers in their efforts to improve Childhood and Adolescent Immunization rates. CHF provides the methodologies and tools to enable pediatric providers to collect data reflecting the reasons why their two-year-olds are not up-to-date on immunizations. Through targeted strategies and workflow improvements, participants have significantly increased two-year-old immunization rates and are applying their impressive successes to the adolescent population which focuses on the completeness of recommended immunizations for youth who have turned thirteen.

In 2008, the Children’s Health Foundation launched the Childhood Immunization Rate Improvement Initiative to track and improve two year old immunization rates. This initiative was born out of common shared goals of the participating providers that include:

  • Obtain an accurate measurement of immunization rate of two year olds at the practice level.
  • Understand the specific reasons why patients are not immunized or are under-immunized.
  • Improve the immunization rate for two year olds at each participating practice.

Due to the success of the childhood immunization initiative, CHF initiated an Adolescent Immunization Initiative in 2011. The goals of the Adolescent Immunization Rate Improvement Initiative are similar to that of the Childhood Inititive:

  • Obtain an accurate measurement of immunization rate of thirteen year olds at the practice level.
  • Improve the immunization rate for thirteen year olds at each participating practice.

The 125+ pediatrician members of CHF delegated physician and clinical staff leaders within their private practices to collaborate in partnership with quality and process engineering staff of CHF to execute formal childhood immunization rate improvement and adolescent immunization rate improvement initiatives. The aim of this effort is to raise the number of vaccinated patients and provide more planned, preventative care and education about the importance of immunizations at the appropriate age.

CHF’s approach to quality improvement engages pediatricians and practice personnel in the development and implementation of rapid cycle tests and resulting best practices. The CHF Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Rate Improvement Initiatives have included engagement of twenty-eight pediatric practice sites, and include the following benefits:

  • Satisfaction of 40 points toward the performance in Practice (Part 4) requirement for Pediatrician Maintenance of Certification (MOC) through the American Board of Pediatrics for the Childhood Immunization Rate Improvement Initiative.
  • Access to immunization workflows, tools and resources collaboratively developed and tested by 125+ pediatricians
  • Quarterly reporting at practice and provider level for childhood and adolescent immunization rates with actionable data to focus improvement efforts
  • Clinical education and training by physician experts in areas including vaccine hesitancy and coaching on methods to speak to parents in discussing vaccines.
  • Qualifies for two pediatric measures reported to the Oregon PCPCH program.
  • Analytical and process engineering support from CHF’s highly qualified staff, including on-site training, tailored tool development and data management assistance.