Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Announce VaxUp Innovation Challenge Winners
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Innovation Studio at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), has selected three teams as winners of the VaxUp Innovation Challenge, the culmination of a three-month campaign program to generate, test and scale creative solutions to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among children and adolescents in Los Angeles County. These teams will each receive $75,000 in grants to further develop and pilot their solution in Los Angeles County.
“The VaxUp Innovation Challenge is a great example of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ commitment to continuing its mission beyond the walls of our hospital and impacting the health of our greater community,” said Omkar Kulkarni, Director of Innovation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “CHLA is thrilled to work alongside the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to help break down barriers to immunization and increase immunization confidence for youth, teens and their parents in LA County. , especially in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
The winning teams selected for the VaxUp Innovation Challenge are:
Kedren Community Health Center: Kedren Community Health Center’s VaxUp solution builds on their extensive work providing over 300,000 COVID-19 vaccines to the community and focuses on increasing vaccinations for children aged 5-11 in LA County through free, fun, and immersive family events that provide COVID-19 awareness and health education at Mobile Immunization Clinics.
Northeast Valley Health Society: The Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) aims to address pediatric COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy without creating more work or burnout for healthcare providers through the use of motivational interview. Following a vaccine readiness assessment delivered electronically to patients and families, clinical staff will use data from the assessment and a personality-based COVID-19 vaccine algorithm to tailor vaccines. motivational interviewing techniques specific to the willingness of the patient’s family to accept the vaccine. NEVHC will train partner organizations and federally licensed health centers in LA County in motivational interviewing techniques and provide patients with prompts and follow-up text messages and videos to encourage acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine. 19.
MiVacunaLA: MiVacuna is an evidence-based digital outreach program designed to inform and empower Latinx families when making the decision to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19. Not only will the pilot enroll 600 Latinx parents with at least one unvaccinated child in a four-week program where they will receive trusted information via text message, but it will also train 20 Latinx Parent Ambassadors with at least one unvaccinated child to recruit non-families. vaccinated and share credible vaccine information in their communities.
“Congratulations to the three winners of the VaxUp Innovation Challenge, and thank you to all the teams who participated in the challenge for sharing their innovative ideas on how to increase access to vaccines,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd. , Director of Public Health. “Vaccines remain highly effective at preventing serious illnesses, and partnering with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Innovation Studio in the VaxUp Innovation Challenge has inspired and accelerated ideas for increasing vaccine rates against COVID-19 in children, especially in underserved communities in L.A. Angeles County. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with community agencies and CHLA as we work together to increase vaccination rates against COVID-19.”
The VaxUp Innovation Challenge encouraged nonprofits and for-profit organizations to submit bold, creative ideas that tackle the barriers and challenges of vaccinating LA County’s youth. The first phase of the challenge was a two-day virtual “Idea-a-Thon” held in February. Of the 141 people from 48 different organizations who participated, 16 teams were selected to move on to the second phase, where each team received a grant of $5,000 and one month to research their target audience and generate a prototype. A diverse panel of reviewers, including medical experts from CHLA, public health experts from LACDPH, digital health and innovation industry experts, and community teens, shortlisted 10 teams to move into the final phase, in which each team received a $20,000 grant and one month to develop a pilot plan, identify local organizations to partner with, and embed their solutions in their communities. In April, these 10 teams presented their pilot project to the review committee, which selected the winning teams.
The solutions from the three winning teams demonstrate innovation, high feasibility, strong potential to impact pediatric COVID-19 vaccination rates, as well as potential for sustainability and scale . Additionally, the winning teams exemplify an exceptional understanding of the Los Angeles community and local context and have established themselves as trusted partners in the community. Over the next few months, the winning teams will use their grant to pilot their solution within the community.
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the largest provider of children’s care in Los Angeles County. Families travel from all 50 states and more than 90 countries so their children can receive the best care. The hospital’s clinical teams treat patients ranging from newborns to young adults for everything from healthy child visits to organ transplants. It is ranked the best children’s hospital in California as well as the Pacific Rim, and fifth in the nation for clinical excellence by US News & World Report in its prestigious Top Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll. Clinical care is led by faculty physicians from USC’s Keck School of Medicine through an affiliation dating back to 1932. It is home to the largest pediatric residency training program at a children’s hospital autonomous of this type in the western United States. As a Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded children’s hospital, Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is at the forefront of innovative bench-to-bedside basic, translational, and clinical research conducted in pediatrics. To learn more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitterand visit our blog at CHLA.org/blog.