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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

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Bradford Community Immunization Access Assessment:
Creating a Vaccine Access Network

Students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford worked with the McKean County Collaborative Board to identify and evaluated community factors influencing access to recommended immunizations, assess the feasibility for the creation of a community resource network for increasing immunization access, and proposed formative pilot strategies to create a Vaccine Access Network (VAN) to improve access and limit perceived barriers to immunization with the Bradford community.

The overall health of a community can typically be linked to the economic health of the area. McKean County, PA has a poverty rate of 16.6% while an estimated 32.7% of Bradford city residents live at or below the poverty level. The potential risks for poor health are much greater for Bradford residents than for residents of McKean County as a whole. Lost work, health impairment, or death due to vaccine preventable illnesses such as flu or pneumonia can have a dramatic impact on impoverished rural communities such as Bradford. Immunizations are therefore a key public health measure to help assure healthier communities.  This project was designed to help the Bradford community create a sustainable provider network to strengthen local healthcare capacity and infrastructure.


2016 ATP Proposal

UPB's Live Presentation in Washington, DC

2016 Final Report


Contact Information:

Dr. Tammy Haley 
Director of Nursing and Radiological Science 
Associate Professor, Nursing 
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford 
(814) 362-7640


Dr. Lisa Fiorentino 
Director, Center for Rural Health Practice 
Associate Professor, Nursing 
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford 
(814) 362-7640



Previous Conference Participation:
2015    2014    2013    2012    2011    2010

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