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Public Health Reports: Engaging Communities to Reach Immigrant and Minority Populations: The Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI), 2006-2017

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Ms. Patricia Peterson and Ms. Paula McNabb of Fairview Health Services, Ms. Sai Ramya Maddali and Dr. Scott Santibanez of Emory University, and Dr. Jennifer Heath of Minnesota Department of Health performed a case study on the Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI), a community project that provides more than 80,000 free influenza vaccinations to marginalized groups, including immigrants and people of color. This study observed the 5910 vaccinations administered by MIMI through 99 community-based vaccinations clinics, which occurred during the 2017-2018 influenza season. Clients were surveyed in their own language concerning influenza vaccination knowledge and practices. Results indicated that 43.1 percent of those surveyed were uninsured and 6.9 percent received a first-time influenza vaccination at the MINI clinic. Moreover 49.0 percent of respondents were made aware of the clinic through their faith community. The authors concluded that building relationships with community leaders is important, as well as holding clinics in community-based settings.

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