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Vaccines: Real-World Tactics to Address Health Inequities

Premiere Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Medicine (accme)
  2. Nursing (ANCC)
  3. Pharmacy (acpe)
  4. PA (aapa)
  5. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Credit Expiration Date:
Wednesday, February 25, 2026


Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MScMonica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc (Moderator)
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Otis W. Kirksey, PharmD, CDES, BC-ADMOtis W. Kirksey, PharmD, CDES, BC-ADM 
Director of Pharmacy Services
Neighborhood Medical Center, Inc.
President, Healthcare and Education
American Diabetes Association
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL

Ray Mendez, MD, MA, FAAFP, DABFMRay Mendez, MD, MA, FAAFP, DABFM 
Medical Director, MiMedico (Primary Care)
Health System Clinician, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Instructor, Rush University Medical College
Chicago, IL

Statement of Need

Vaccinations for illnesses such as influenza and COVID-19 may be the best means for prevention and further spread of disease, yet, the rate of vaccination in the US often falls short of health care goals. For example, the CDC lists the goal for influenza vaccination to be 70% of the population, but each flu season, actual rates are closer to 50%. Additionally, the vaccination rates for particular racial/ethnic underserved populations tend to be lower than rates of non-Hispanic White populations, creating a unique challenge for helping underserved populations become vaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy and access to vaccinations are potential reasons for vaccination disparities and must be addressed if we are to meet our health care vaccination goals for all patients.

This CMEO BriefCase will discuss the health care challenges of a racially diverse young mother and her 2-year-old child, and how to encourage vaccinations as preventative measures for both. Expert faculty will discuss potential barriers and hesitancies for this mother to vaccinate herself and her child, along with strategies to ameliorate disparities in vaccination rates.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the impact of health inequities on optimal vaccination.
  • Individualize treatment strategies that include assessment of SDoH to improve patient vaccination outcomes.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, and pharmacists.

Credit Information

ABIM MOC Credit:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.75 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Royal College MOC:
Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

MIPS Improvement Activity:
This activity counts towards MIPS Improvement Activity requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Clinicians should submit their improvement activities by attestation via the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and mitigated any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Dr. Peek reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: Pfizer Inc.

Dr. Kirksey reports no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Mendez reports no financial relationships to disclose.

The following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters staff have no financial relationships:
  • Shirley Michelle Franks, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (peer reviewer)
  • Meghann Taft-Lockard (planning committee)
  • Dan Cardin, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Mary Gleason, PhD (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

  • Faculty of this CE activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.

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