ECBT is the current recipient of CDC’s five year cooperative agreement (2013-2018) titled Promoting, Strengthening and Enhancing Disease Prevention by Collaboration with Targeted Stakeholders. For the 2018-2023 cooperative agreement, ECBT will expand upon our current efforts to educate and communicate with the general public, partners and other stakeholders about science-based vaccination information using our social media, website and other communication mechanisms; and educate USDA’s WIC staff about the latest vaccine recommendations for children and pregnant women, and promote best practices to help increase vaccination rates among WIC participants in order to reduce serious illness and death from vaccine-preventable diseases. ECBT’s first set of proposed activities will focus on communication and education activities to promote and maintain accurate information about vaccines among stakeholders and the public including 1.) Using ECBT’s new Vaccinate Your Family Partner Portal to encourage more open sharing of information among our many vaccination partners, to increase partners’ expertise in several core competencies, and to support sustainability of immunization coalitions; 2.) Maintaining ECBT’s current online communication channels to help further the reach & dissemination of our immunization partners’ resources; and 3.) Identifying and addressing emerging vaccine-related issues, and using opportunities to educate the public about the importance of following the ACIP recommended immunization schedules. ECBT’s second set of proposed activities will focus on the education of USDA’s WIC staff about the latest vaccine recommendations for children and pregnant women, and the promotion of best practices including 1.) Conducting the annual Immunization Webinar for WIC Staff; 2.) Annually updating ECBT’s resources created specifically for WIC staff and participants and making them available in a variety of ways; and 3.) Collaborating on the development of an onli
ne lesson about vaccines for WIC participants.
The outcomes of this cooperative agreement include increased knowledge of best practices and science-based vaccine information among the public, vaccine advocates and immunization partners; improved methods of sharing relevant vaccine information among immunization coalitions and other immunization partners; increased support of WIC staff who continue to conduct an unfunded, but important mandate to assess the up-to-date status of children being served by WIC and refer those in need to a vaccination provider; and an increased number of WIC staff and participants who receive education about the importance and benefits of timely immunizations for children and pregnant women.
Over the past five years, ECBT has achieved a great deal and we are eager to continue expanding upon our successful initiatives through this new five-year cooperative agreement.