Special Features: Education
An Academic-Community Partnership to Address the Flu Vaccination Rates of the Homeless
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Public Health Nursing
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 175–182, March/April 2014
How to Cite
Metcalfe, S. E. and Sexton, E. H. (2014), An Academic-Community Partnership to Address the Flu Vaccination Rates of the Homeless. Public Health Nursing, 31: 175–182. doi: 10.1111/phn.12088
- Issue published online: 3 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2013
- flu vaccination;
- health disparities;
- homeless persons;
- undergraduate nursing education
The objective of this pilot research study was to explore the beliefs and barriers to flu vaccination from a sample homeless population in a small metropolitan community.
Design and Sample
In a collaborative academic-community partnership of a university undergraduate nursing education program, a local health department, and nonprofit agencies, a social marketing education program was developed by nursing students which included surveying the homeless for perceptions regarding flu vaccinations. There were a total of 87 homeless subjects that were surveyed.
The measurements were obtained from various questions regarding flu vaccinations on a Qualtrics survey examining the barriers, beliefs, and practices of the homeless population. The focus addressed health disparities and barriers with nursing students serving as the catalyst to reach the homeless in an educational service-learning project.
This project demonstrated a positive impact in meeting health care needs of homeless persons as the rate of flu vaccination was doubled from the previous year at one community day shelter.
Nursing students developed their ability to impact a hard-to-reach population with positive changes in their attitudes by increased understanding of the health needs of the homeless.