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The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network Nursing Home Vaccination Change Package was developed to guide nursing homes in improving vaccination rates among residents and staff. The change package identifies barriers and challenges to vaccination and provides interventions supported by evidence-based tools and resources to improve vaccination quality measures and rates.

Tammy Baumann Headshot“There is so much misinformation out there, staff are having a difficult time understanding what to believe. Building trust is key within organizations. The Great Plains QIN Vaccination Change Package can guide nursing homes to resources and tools to build trust in vaccine safety, remove barriers to accessing vaccines and assist with communication strategies with staff, residents and families,” shared Tammy Wagner, RN, CADDCT, CDP, LSSGB; Great Plains QIN Quality Improvement Advisor.

Access the Nursing Home Vaccination Change Package for resources, tools and best practices for influenza, pneumonia and COVID-19.

Krystal Hays“Achieving and sustaining 100% of residents who are assessed and appropriately given the influenza and pneumococcal vaccination quality measure is attainable and low hanging fruit for every nursing home. I have found that many don’t realize that the quality measures’ assessment piece takes into account residents who received the vaccination outside of the facility, declined vaccination, or have a medical contraindication. The Great Plains QIN Nursing Home Vaccination Change Package provides interventions, tools and resources to enhance understanding of the quality measure components and processes to meet the requirements with every MDS assessment,” stated Krystal Hays, DNP, RN, CADDCT, CDP, RAC-CT; Great Plains QIN Regional Project Manager.

Great Plains QIN works to help increase COVID-19, influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates in North Dakota and South Dakota. This is part of a national, cohesive effort funded by CMS. We believe if we work together to coordinate messages, share resources and offer joint learning opportunities, we can collectively combat vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccine confidence in our nursing homes and the community at large. We value our partnership and want to work together to reduce duplication and decrease provider burden, If your organization is currently planning trainings or have projects underway that we could support or promote, please let us know. Visit the Great Plains QIN Vaccination Page Web site to learn more.