The Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (CHS) urges all efforts to address the issues that arise in Flu prevention, to reduce the risk for increased hospitalizations, and to minimize the burden of poor patient care
The Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (CHC), a division of the National Minority Quality Forum, stressed the need for health systems and providers to reevaluate their flu vaccination efforts with their underserved patient populations
Flu vaccine rates are lower among Black and Hispanic Americans, and compared to the general population, whereas people of color are more likely to be hospitalized with flu at considerable and preventable cost to both patients and health systems. In addition, people of color with higher rates of chronic disease are more vulnerable to influenza and COVID-19, with increased morbidity and mortality. This is particularly noticeable among patients with diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease all medical conditions which negatively affect communities of color at higher rates.
Despite rising coronavirus cases and unknowns about the impact of the flu season, health systems are already stretched thin," said Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, Ph.D., CEO of NMQF. "Suring strong flu vaccine coverage among underserved, at-risk communities can reduce the burden of a disease by reducing further health complications and hospitalizations."
The driving real improvement toolkit provides tools and strategies to help primary care teams, health care systems and community organizations improve health outcomes and vaccination rates, and improve quality performance. The proof-of-concept model addressing growing racial and ethnic disparities in flu vaccination rates was shown to improve coverage by 20 - 40 % in key practice sites during the 2019-2020 flu season.
As part of the program, health systems and hospitals communicate more effectively with patients and the community, and enact practice changes to improve vaccination rates, said Laura Lee Hall, Ph.D., SHC president. "The online, easy-to-use resources are available for free, as well as additional opportunities for additional training and support."
About the National Minority Quality Forum. The National Minority Quality Forum assists health care providers, professionals, administrators, researchers, policymakers, community and faith-based organizations in delivering appropriate health services to minority communities. This assistance is based on providing evidence - such as science, research, and analysis that will lead to a effective organization and management of system resources to improve the health care quality of the whole population of America, including minorities For more information, please visit www.nmqf.org.
About The Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity About the Centers for Health and Humane Care. The Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (CDC), a division of the National Minority Quality Forum, promotes sustainable, healthy communities, especially those with diverse and underserved populations, through actionable data, research and engagement
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