Stateline, ContributorStateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Disparities in immunization rates persist between low-income and higher-income people. 10/05/2018 05:10 pm ET By Michael Ollove A new five-state project funded by the federal government aims to improve vaccination rates among low-income children and pregnant women, using statewide registries intended to track the immunization histories of all residents. The hope is that new ways of collecting and analyzing data identified during the project eventually will spread to all states. The $880,000, three-year U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention effort in Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana and New Mexico faces numerous obstacles, including privacy and technological issues. But public health officials are optimistic that immunization registries, which are already operational to various extents in all states except New Hampshire — which is in the process of launching one — can help reduce the disparities in vaccination rates based on income, geography and race or ethnicity. Officials would like to not only identify patients who are due for vaccinations, but also to reveal population groups whose immunization rates could be improved using targeted campaigns. The project aims to do that with children and pregnant women in Medicaid. And the… Read full this story
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