Refugee Vaccination Project: Nursing, Medicine, Public Health and Community Organizations Collaborating to Improve Refugee Health

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308608
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Refugee Vaccination Project: Nursing, Medicine, Public Health and Community Organizations Collaborating to Improve Refugee Health
Author(s):
Jackson, Barbara M.; Carrico, Ruth
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Lambda Psi
Author Details:
Barbara M. Jackson, PhD, RN, bjackson@bellarmine.edu; Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, CIC
Abstract:

Session presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013

Interprofessional collaboration is critical to improving patient healthcare services. The Institute of Medicine declared that increasing collaboration among healthcare professionals improves client outcomes (2011). Barr, Koppel, Reeves, Hammick, and Freeth (2005) found that interprofessional education resulted in interprofessional collaboration, better health promotion and higher immunization rates. Opportunities for interpersonal education are both limited and hampered by different schedules, course objectives and segregation of professions. We have developed a partnership with two universities and public health, medicine, and nursing professionals to deliver vaccination services to refugees.  

Currently, all adult refugees settling in Louisville receive vaccine education, interpretation services and required immunizations through the Refugee Vaccination Project. Bellarmine University Nursing and University of Louisville plus two local community organizations are collaborating to provide these services to refugees. Since the beginning of the program in October 2012, 483 refugees have been vaccinated through the Project. Additional data including numbers of vaccines, nurse and nursing student participation, and refugee information are also being collected. Vaccines are essential to promoting public health and this project has shown the potential for interprofessional collaboration to address this issue.  

Healthcare professionals have minimal understanding about refugee healthcare needs since education opportunities are lacking in clinic-based patient care settings. Therefore, student understanding of cross-cultural needs in healthcare must be accomplished through varied initiatives such as student-staffed clinics; providing first-hand experience while filling the healthcare services gap experienced by refugees (Weissman, et. al 2012). The Refugee Vaccination Project as a healthcare delivery model is an innovative design while providing the refugee community with health education and the means to disease prevention. The project is successful in the approach to collaboration between healthcare specialties, neighboring universities and community partners. This model could easily be adopted by other programs. Recommendations for planning and implementation of such a program will be presented.

Keywords:
Refugee Vaccinations; Collaborative Health Partnerships; Nursing Health Initiatives
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleRefugee Vaccination Project: Nursing, Medicine, Public Health and Community Organizations Collaborating to Improve Refugee Healthen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Barbara M.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorCarrico, Ruthen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentLambda Psien_GB
dc.author.detailsBarbara M. Jackson, PhD, RN, bjackson@bellarmine.edu; Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, CICen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308608-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013</p>Interprofessional collaboration is critical to improving patient healthcare services. The Institute of Medicine declared that increasing collaboration among healthcare professionals improves client outcomes (2011). Barr, Koppel, Reeves, Hammick, and Freeth (2005) found that interprofessional education resulted in interprofessional collaboration, better health promotion and higher immunization rates. Opportunities for interpersonal education are both limited and hampered by different schedules, course objectives and segregation of professions. We have developed a partnership with two universities and public health, medicine, and nursing professionals to deliver vaccination services to refugees.   <p>Currently, all adult refugees settling in Louisville receive vaccine education, interpretation services and required immunizations through the Refugee Vaccination Project. Bellarmine University Nursing and University of Louisville plus two local community organizations are collaborating to provide these services to refugees. Since the beginning of the program in October 2012, 483 refugees have been vaccinated through the Project. Additional data including numbers of vaccines, nurse and nursing student participation, and refugee information are also being collected. Vaccines are essential to promoting public health and this project has shown the potential for interprofessional collaboration to address this issue.   <p>Healthcare professionals have minimal understanding about refugee healthcare needs since education opportunities are lacking in clinic-based patient care settings. Therefore, student understanding of cross-cultural needs in healthcare must be accomplished through varied initiatives such as student-staffed clinics; providing first-hand experience while filling the healthcare services gap experienced by refugees (Weissman, et. al 2012). The Refugee Vaccination Project as a healthcare delivery model is an innovative design while providing the refugee community with health education and the means to disease prevention. The project is successful in the approach to collaboration between healthcare specialties, neighboring universities and community partners. This model could easily be adopted by other programs. Recommendations for planning and implementation of such a program will be presented.en_GB
dc.subjectRefugee Vaccinationsen_GB
dc.subjectCollaborative Health Partnershipsen_GB
dc.subjectNursing Health Initiativesen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:33:33Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:33:33Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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