A recent article in Parade features Dr. Mandy Dempsey weighing in on why so many parents are delaying or skipping childhood immunizations.
New research from the Children's Outcomes Research Program shows that school-based health centers are highly effective in delivering comprehensive care, especially vaccines to adolescents. (Pediatrics 2012 May; Epub ahead of print)
The Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition will honor Dr. Allison Kempe at the annual SOUP! (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) event on April 26th with the 2012 Big Shot of the Year Award. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Kempe has had extensive experience in health services research and program evaluation. Her work has been in the areas of immunization delivery, evaluation of prenatal and neonatal health services, pediatric care delivery methods, and evaluation of state health insurance plans for children of low-income families. The Big Shot of the Year Award is presented to champions of childhood immunizations.
Dr. Sean O'Leary Talks About Pediatric Vaccines
The Stapleton Front Porch recently caught up with Dr. Sean O'Leary, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist with Children's Outcomes Research and Children's Hospital Colorado, to talk about pediatric vaccination. From his perspective, "we [people who promote vaccination] have not done a good enough job communicating vaccination safety to the public." Link to the full article here: OLeary Stapleton FP 2012.pdf
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded $1.5 million in the first year of a three-year grant to support research in three centers that will focus on improving clinical preventive services and practices such as screening, counseling, and use of preventive medications for patients. A University of Colorado Denver research team led by Dr. Allison Kempe at the Children's Outcomes Research Program was awarded $4.5 million in total to develop The Center for Excellence in Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP). The Center will involve primary care and public health experts to conduct research on how to increase use of preventive health services within primary health care settings while meeting national public health goals.
The award recognizes the highest level of research excellence and achievement in the field of general pediatrics. Kempe's research has led to improved child health policies in health disparities among underserved populations, state Children's Health Insurance Programs funding, and immunization delivery, policies and practices. She received her award during the Pediatric Academic Societies' 2011 Annual Meeting in Denver on May 1.
Dr. Allison Kempe receiving the APA's 2011 Research Award (May 2011)
Results on national study of primary care physicians on parental concerns about childhood vaccines
A new study reports the results of a national survey of primary care physicians who deliver vaccinations to children. (Am J Prev Med 2011 May;40(5):548-55)
New study finds reminders for immunizations challenging for pediatric practices
A new study explores the barriers, facilitators, and alternative approaches to providers sending reminder notices for immunization using a statewide immunization registry. (Acad Pediatr 2011 Jan-Feb;11(1):44-9)
Researchers study the effects of overcrowding in emergency departments
New research reports resource burden in emergency departments during the spring 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. (Acad Emerg Med 2011 Feb;18(2):158-66)
Acute asthma cases in the emergency department
Research finds higher prevalence of persistent asthma among pediatric emergency department (ED) patients than previously reported. (J Asthma 2010 Oct;47(8):920-8)
An additional study found that ED crowding is associated with decreased timeliness and effectiveness-but not equity-of care for children with acute asthma. (Ann Emerg Med 2011 Mar;57(3):191-200)
“Is vaccine refusal worth the risk?”
Drs. Matt Daley and Judy Shlay interview on National Public Radio (May 2009)
Immunization projects in Denver schools
Whooping cough returns
In USA Today
In the Denver Post
In the NY Times