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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: Framingham Board of Health
State: MA
Date Added: 01/29/2010
Themes: Vaccine Planning and Administration
Issue Summary: Collaboration between Local Health and School Health
Description of Issue(s):

In August of 2009, the Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for Pandemic Responce with the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization. At an H1N1 Update with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, both Presidents of MAPHN and MSNO signed this important model for collaboration. In an effort to lead other communties, the Director of School Health Services and the Chief of Public Health Nursing partnered in the messaging to our first priority groups in a school site clinic with unprecidented interest. This was followed one month later with a second clinic which nearly doubled the first clinic efforts with School Nurses, Public Health Nurses and MRC Nurses.

Actions taken to address the issue(s): Two conferences permitted a panel representation of local and school health with various models. Framingham was one of the models selected to highlight the success of the partnership necessary to reach the priority group.
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: To date, the number vaccinated in the 2009-2010 season is approximately 8,000 up from 1500-2000 in any other influenza year. This could not have been possible without the collaboration of School and Local Health Nurses.This new partnership has since extended to other initiatives including bridge building for Haitian evacuee students.

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