Background: In 2005, the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) estimated the childhood immunization rates in the City of
Setting: Milwaukee schools
Population: School-aged children
Project Description: School visitations were a grass roots effort to better understand hurdles faced by parents, the school district, and individual schools in complying with state mandated immunization requirements. Schools were selected from different geographic areas of the city and reflected a diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic group of children. Each school, while having some common challenges, also had its own unique hurdles. The DA and MHD developed a rapport and on-going relationship with each school offering services tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual school.
- Overall immunization compliance rate improvement: <50% (2005) to 78% (2009).
- An on-going effort of the DA, in conjunction with the MHD, to implement immunization compliance provided powerful synergies to achieve and maintain immunization rates that could not otherwise be attained had either agency acted alone.