CME Program Aims at Immunization Rates in Black Communities

AAFP News (07/22/21)

The American Academy of Family Physicians has launched a free continuing medical education (CME) program to eliminate vaccine disparity and boost adult immunization rates in African-American communities. "Family physicians play a key role in delivering preventive care services to patients, so it is important for them to be aware of low immunization rates in this population and actively work to address this problem," said Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Prof. Denée Moore, MD. The free program features performance improvement activities, a webcast and downloadable tools, with a maximum of 21 CME credits. The webcast, which is presented by Moore, offers an overview of immunization numbers in Black communities, outlines obstacles, reviews the latest clinical recommendations for routine adult immunizations, and suggests practical interventions. The performance improvement activity includes self-assessment; evaluation of current performance and deployment of an immunization rate-improving plan; and measurement of the plan and intervention's impact. Upon completion, participants should be able to rate their medical skills and practice environment, recognize and correct gaps in practice that affect immunization rates of African-American patients, and consider and adjust these effects to ensure ongoing improvement.

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