September 22, 2021, 8:36 a.m. News Staff — While addressing hesitancy and improving confidence are integral components of virtually every public health campaign, they are even more important in campaigns that involve vaccines used to prevent infection from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Recent evidence has shown that while nearly three-quarters of those eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 have received at least one dose, millions of Americans either remain hesitant about receiving a vaccine or are choosing not to get vaccinated for a variety of reasons.
To combat vaccine hesitancy and increase public confidence, the Academy — supported by an educational grant from Janssen Therapeutics, a division of Janssen Products, L.P. — is offering a comprehensive educational program for family physicians, care teams, non-physicians and other interested individuals, available to all participants free of charge. The program, “Improving Vaccine Confidence: An Educational Series,” available at aafp.org/vaccine-confidence, debuts in October and will combine livestream courses with a half-day conference, on-demand sessions and other resources spread out over several weeks.
The overall goal of the program is to provide attendees with not only the latest information to support their patients and practices, but also practice management strategies pertaining to vaccine delivery, coding and billing. In addition, beginning Oct. 14 participants will have access to an online community of practice that will allow learners to interact with program faculty and discuss topics related to vaccines. Altogether, individuals who complete the program can earn more than 20 CME credits based on their level of participation.
Laura Morris, M.D., M.S.P.H., an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, and a 2018 Vaccine Science Fellow with the Academy, will chair the program and serve as moderator for the livestream sessions.
Three Academy members will join Morris in hosting the livestreams:
The overall learning objectives of the program are to
The program will consist of three one-hour livestream sessions held two weeks apart, with the first debuting in October. They are:
Each livestream will air from 7-8 p.m. CT. Each event will be worth 1 AAFP Prescribed CME credit; participants will also have the opportunity to claim additional credits by participating in optional translation to practice activities.
The livestream sessions will be supplemented by a half-day conference, “COVID-19 Vaccines: Building Patient Confidence,” scheduled for Nov. 30, using topics from the livestream events as a foundation for additional learnings. Registration for the conference will be open by Oct. 1, and additional details will be posted online as the conference date approaches.
In addition, the Academy will offer a series of on-demand reinforcing sessions and refresher courses beginning in January 2022.
Both live and enduring CME credit will be available, with the total amount of credit that can be claimed based on whether learners choose to complete the optional translation to practice modules available for selected sessions. The AAFP is currently in the process of applying for both types of CME credit; more details will be posted soon.
Make sure to bookmark the Improving Vaccine Confidence: An Educational Series webpage now, and check back frequently for additional information as it becomes available.