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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: Martin County Health Department
State: FL
Date Added: 12/11/2009
Themes: Vaccine Planning and Administration
Issue Summary: Outreach to Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups in FL Through Strategic Vaccination Planning
Description of Issue(s): Outreach to racial and ethnic minority residents hampered by mistrust about receiving health care and vaccine in general.
Actions taken to address the issue(s): We are reaching these groups through the placement of PODS geographically in our county and have found that we have good representation at our PODS of minority groups. We did plan for these groups in staffing of bilingual persons to assist these groups who have language barriers and we have inter-racial staff working the PODS.
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: Most nurses and doctors are Caucasian and having minorities very visable and part of our PODS aided us in acceptance. We have also been very active as community partners with many of the minority churches, sometimes leading projectors for their programs or tents, etc.

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