CME Article – Challenging Vaccination Disparities in New Jersey

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Q1 2022 Perspectives – CME Article – Challenging Vaccination Disparities in New Jersey

Course Description

Fran Griffin was the QI coach assigned to the NJAFP’s Project ECHO, which focused on adolescent and adult immunizations in 2019-2020. In partnership with the NJ Immunization Network, we blended ECHO’s celebrated case study discussions for physicians with a QI collaborative model, including quality improvement sessions for QI teams at practices, data submission, PDSA cycles, and regular feedback. In this article, Fran describes the work done by seven practices to improve vaccination rates and identify and mediate racial disparities. Practices used their own data. Continue reading to find out what challenges they faced, what interventions they tested, and what improvement they achieved.


Fran Griffin, RRT, MPA, is founder and owner of Fran Griffin & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in patient safety and quality improvement. She is a registered Respiratory Therapist with a Master’s in Public Administration. Previously she worked at the CMS Innovation Center and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where she is still faculty. Fran is co-developer of the IHI Global Trigger Tool and an author on several IHI white papers. She is frequently faculty on NJAFP QI projects.

Angie Halaja-Henriques, who served as project director for NJAFP’s Project ECHO, contributed to this article.


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  • Read each page of the article
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Course Content


This medical journal activity, Perspectives: A View of Family Medicine in New Jersey, from 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2022 has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The article “Challenging Vaccination Disparities in New Jersey” is approved for 1 AAFP Prescribed credit.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss racial/ethnic disparities in New Jersey’s vaccination rates.
  • Test an intervention to improve vaccination rates in your practice.


The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose:

Theresa J. Barrett, PhD, CMP, CAE
Angie Halaja-Henriques

Fran Griffin, RRT, MPA


This activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from Merck.