Track 1 - Public Health Law and Policy
Sharing Session - 30 Minutes
E1 - School and Childcare Immunization Data Transparency and the Colorado Parents for Vaccinated Communities Campaign: A One-Two Punch to Advance Immunization Policy
Wednesday, July 11
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Balcony M
Colorado's new school and childcare immunization reporting law collected data in 2016 on nearly 1 million children. School-reported measles vaccine rates are below 79% in four rural counties, while exemption rates are as high as 54% in 20 schools across the state. These gaps in coverage led to the launch of Colorado Parents for Vaccinated Communities, a network of parents skilled at using immunization data visualization tools to advocate for the safety and efficacy of vaccines. After one year, nearly 400 parents actively engage on social media, provide testimony at public hearings, and publish letters to the editors.
Advocacy/Policy Work, Public Health Laws & Policies, Communicable Disease