Unity Consortium just launched some great new videos that dive into why vaccines for teens and young adults are so important. Don’t just listen to us –teen advocate and Unity Consortium member Ethan Lindenberger tells you himself.
Ethan also paired up with Dr. Laura Offutt to chat about funny anti-vaccine posts. What isn’t funny is that some people believe this information is real and skip vaccines that protect teens and young adults from serious, preventable diseases. Warch & share now.
2019-2020 Mom Advisory Council
If you are you a mom with at least 2 children ages 9-18 and you want to be a part of a small group of Moms sharing their perspective on teen preventive healthcare and vaccination – Apply today!
You’ll be asked to attend web-based group meetings every 2-3 months for one year. It’s helpful if you use social media at least once a week, but you will not be asked to post anything on our behalf.
What is CommUNITY?
CommUNITY is a national movement of leading communities taking action to improve adolescent and young adult (AYA) immunization rates, within the context of preventive health. This movement is built on a pilot-driven approach that achieves results and builds upon them.
Through broad community engagement, we address gaps in AYA immunization coverage and unify communities through a simple, motivational campaign for healthcare providers (HCP), AYAs and their parents. The goal is to improve immunization rates for all CDC-recommended vaccines for AYAs.
CommUNITY will help you to promote awareness and action, strengthen HCP skills, support practice processes and motivate/help recognize achievement. Participation will help to engage your coalition/organization members, promote your coalition/organization and grow your network.
CommUNITY Partners receive a comprehensive roadmap and resources toolkit and professional support. You also gain access to Unity members, liaisons and leadership for expertise and support.
Interested? There is a limited opportunity to participate in 2020. You can download the application by clicking here.
2019-2020 Teen Advisory Council
Who Should Apply?
US high school students ages 14 to 19 years, interested in STEM (science,
What You Get? – A unique opportunity to help improve teen health and contribute to efforts to protect teens from vaccine-preventable diseases. A certificate of completion and letter of recommendation at the end of the Board term (1 year) PLUS other tokens of appreciation.
Our Teen Advisory Board is now full for the 2019-2020 school year. Many thanks to all those that applied. Check back periodically for additional opportunities to get involved.
VAX@16 is a new, first of-its-kind campaign emphasizing the 16-year-old well-visit and vaccines
that can help protect teens. The campaign aims to increase awareness among both consumers
(parents/teens) and healthcare providers of vaccines recommended for 16 year olds, including
MenACWY, MenB, and flu (seasonally). The VAX@16 campaign includes consumer videos and
digital posters (available in English and Spanish) which will be featured in physician offices
Adolescent Health and Immunization Poll
Findings from the Unity sponsored Harris poll of teens, parents, and healthcare providers are now available. Check out the press release, US survey infographic, global survey infographic, gender differences, and survey snapshot to learn what teens and parents think about preventive health and how certain misconceptions may be contributing to low immunization rates among teens and young adults. Among the surprising findings: 1 in 4 teens believe vaccines are more important for babies than for teens; more than one-third of teens (34%) don’t know how being vaccinated helps them; and four in 10 parents (41%) believe their teen should only see a doctor when he/she feels sick, reducing opportunities to discuss preventive health measures, such as vaccines.
New Data: Survey results now available for Canada, Germany and Portugal. Contact Unity Consortium for detailed survey findings from these countries.
Pursuit of the Three C’s: Confident, Concise, and Consistent Healthcare Provider Recommendations for Adolescent Vaccines
Healthcare provider recommendations are a critical influence on parent and adolescent agreement to vaccinate on time. This quality improvement study is designed with the goal of improving healthcare provider delivery of a confident, concise, and consistent recommendation for routinely recommended vaccines to adolescents (11, 12, and 16 year olds).
Three Cs RationaleThis video provides an overview of the UNITY Consortium (the sponsor of the Three Cs study), reviews current gaps vs. adolescent immunization goals, and provides the rationale for the QI study that focuses on the provider recommendation and applies motivational interviewing principles to the parent-provider conversation.
Three Cs Demo and Motivational Interviewing
This video provides an overview of the Three Cs intervention (presumptive, bundled, equal recommendation for same day vaccination; FAQs; motivational interviewing guiding style of communications for truly hesitant parents) and demonstrates and reviews various scenarios of parental-provider recommendation conversations. View video worksheet.
- Sample language: Three Cs Recommendation and FAQs
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is now available for this video. Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, Non-Physician 0.75 hours. Access the video and obtain CME free of charge via the IUSM website. IUSM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education.
Adolescent Immunization: Understanding Challenges and Framing Solutions for Healthcare Providers
A roundtable meeting of UNITY members, its liaisons, and experts was convened to discuss the current adolescent immunization landscape, probe barriers to successful implementation and highlight potential solutions to help reach important immunization targets for this population. The panel members highlighted common elements of successful immunization practices and a CALL TO ACTION – The INSPECT Imperatives that provides overarching guidance for healthcare providers in their efforts to increase adolescent immunization coverage.