Group Health Foundation’s Work
Childhood Immunization Initiative
The Childhood Immunization Initiative improves vaccination rates in Washington by increasing access to immunizations and developing educational tools for parents and providers. Our efforts protect children from diseases, such as polio, chickenpox, whooping cough, and cancers related to the human papillomavirus (HPV). Since 2008, GHF has given nearly $6 million to organizations and public health jurisdictions across the state to support childhood immunizations. We also bring grantees together to share best practices.
Childhood Immunization Initiative grants include:
- Understanding Parental Hesitancy: Parents’ decisions about immunizing their children are often influenced by the media, the medical community, society, and their peers. This research sought to better understand how parents make the decision to delay or skip vaccinations.
- Boost HPV Immunization Rates: Grants were awarded to organizations to test a variety of ways to address low HPV immunization rates. Grantees are coming together to share their progress and results, as well as learn from each other through a statewide HPV Task Force.
- Immunizations for Children with Special Needs: Sometimes vaccinations take a back seat when children have significant health challenges. This grant allowed a nonprofit to add vaccinations to the services it offers to parents of children with special health needs.
- Peer Training: Members of Seattle’s Somali population received training to become informal health educators, providing culturally-relevant chronic disease management and mental health and immunization information to others in their community.
Group Health Foundation donors recognize the need to support future health care providers, and do so through our scholarship funds. GHF scholarships support individuals in becoming trained health care professionals seeking to care for others with expertise and compassion. Go to theWashBoard.org and search for “GHF” to learn more about available scholarships.