AAFP recruits family medicine practices for adolescent immunization project

The American Academy of Family Physicians announced on Monday that it would recruit 20 family medicine practices to participate in an adolescent immunization project sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bellinda Schoof, the clinical policy manager for the AAFP, said that while national vaccination rates in adolescents are on the rise for meningococcal conjugate and tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccines, a wide variation remains at local and state levels. The Adolescent Immunization Office Champions project is meant to help the AAFP to improve immunization rates for adolescents.

"Practices will be recruited from the academy's active category membership," Schoof said. "A family physician in each practice will be required to complete the METRIC (measuring, evaluation and translating research into care) module, and each practice will be required to designate an 'office champion' to spearhead this effort."

The three-year cooperative agreement with the CDC will allow the AAFP to use the practices it employed in its Office Champions Tobacco Cessation National Dissemination Project for adolescent vaccination. The goal is to develop a culture to promote the importance of vaccines and integrate successful strategies to hit vaccination targets.

Participating practices will receive $3,000 for administrative costs. Practices must apply by January 7 with the implementation set for February. The project is expected to take approximately 17 months.