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Addressing Influenza and COVID-19 Immunization Health Inequities

Originally presented on November 15, 2021

Speakers:
Rachael N. Reed, DrPH, MPH
Chair/Assistant Professor
School of Health and Wellness
Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Sarah Hershey, RN, BSN
Adult and Adolescent Immunization Coordinator
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Immunization

Influenza immunization rates have historically been well below Healthy People 2020 goals. COVID-19 vaccine coverage rates have reached historical highs compared with other adult immunizations, however, vaccine coverage rates still need to increase to help better control the spread of COVID. Inequities persist in both influenza and COVID-19 vaccination rates across different population groups. Providers require the most current information available on these inequities, and the social determinants of health that cause them. This webcast will review inequities in influenza and COVID-19 immunizations and how providers and public health advocates can address these inequities in their practices and programs.

Learning Outcome
As a result of attending this training learners will expand their knowledge and competence on health inequities in influenza and COVID-19 immunization coverage and how to address these inequities in their practices.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Define the term health inequities;
  • Describe examples of health inequities in influenza and COVID-19 immunizations;
  • Describe the current status of influenza and COVID-19 immunizations in New York State; and
  • Recognize strategies to address/reduce health inequities in influenza and COVID-19 immunizations.

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, community health workers and certified public health workers.


To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must watch the activity, complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test for CE Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.


Disclosure Statements

None of the planners or presenters have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.


Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until November 30, 2022.


Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

University at Albany School of Public Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hour.

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until November 30, 2022.


Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0.  Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until November 30, 2022.


Certified in Public Health

This event is sponsored by School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

This offering is approved for 1.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until November 30, 2022.