As part of the Virginia Health Value Dashboard, VCHI and its 50 partner organizations identified improving childhood and adolescent vaccination rates as a priority in addressing Aim 2 of the Value Dashboard: Increasing High Value Health Care. Virginia Dashboard data from 2016 revealed that the vaccination rate with the most significant need for improvement was human papillomavirus, where adolescent completion rates of 35% for girls and 22.5% for boys fell well below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80%. HPV vaccination is important because it protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus infection. Every year in the United States, HPV causes 33,700 cancers in men and women. HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 31,200) from ever developing. The Virginia Vaccinates collaborative members will work together to improve HPV vaccination rates.
A collaborative of state leaders, spearheaded by the Virginia Department of Health, with support from VCHI, previously committed to tackling HPV immunization completion and have seen early success with the combined completion rate climbing to 53% in 2017. While this still lags behind other adolescent vaccine completion rates, this partnership shows that improvement is possible when clinicians are informed, engaged, and shown their own performance data.
The collaborative members include 40 pediatric and family medicine sites from Ballad Health, Carilion Clinic, and UVA Health System. During the six-month intervention that kicks off in August 2019, all participating clinicians will have access to a private space on the Virginia Health Innovation Network that will house tools and resources and on-demand webinars. To measure progress, participating practices will review reports from their own EHRs in partnership with the virtual coach.
This project is supported by a grant from Merck.