Fairview Provides Free Influenza Vaccinations to the Underserved

Since 2006, Fairview has been providing influenza vaccinations at no charge to underserved children and adults through a community-based collaboration.

Nurse gives flu vaccination.

Mickey Chick, RN, a Fairview nurse, provides a flu vaccination at a MINI clinic at the Tibetan Foundation in Minneapolis.

Fairview’s Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI) is a national model for partnering with ethnic and faith communities to help immunize people.

Flu clinics just started this month. Here is a list of about 90 MINI clinics being held this flu season in the greater metro area. The clinics also offer pneumococcal vaccinations for people 65 and over and those with chronic medical conditions.

Over the years, MINI has provided more than 52,000 vaccinations. In 2013, MINI provided vaccinations to 8,743 people at 147 flu shot clinics in multicultural settings across the greater Twin Cities and in Princeton, Minn.

Funding for MINI comes from grants from the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health and Fairview Foundation—with additional support from Fairview.

Fairview’s mission in action

“This is a perfect example of Fairview’s mission in action,” says Pat Peterson, director of MINI and Fairview faith community outreach manager. “Our mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve—and that’s what MINI does.”

“To reach out to the community and be one-on-one with people is very rewarding,” says Maineng, RN, PHN, a nurse case manager for Fairview Partners who has volunteered at about five MINI clinics each of the past two years.

“Maineng is one of about 60 health care professionals from Fairview who donate their time each year as volunteer vaccinators,” says Paula McNabb, who trains and coordinates Fairview volunteers in the MINI clinics. “We simply could not do this without them.”

Recognized as a model

Flu shot being given at clinic.

Maineng Vang, RN, PHN, a Fairview nurse case manager, gives a flu shot to a woman at the Karen Organization of Minnesota.

MINI has been recognized as a national model for community partnership and replicated elsewhere. It was featured in the Minnesota Hospital Association’s 2013 Community Benefit Report. (See page 6.)

Our MINI clinics follow standards set by the Minnesota Department of Health Mark of Excellence program for community vaccinators.

Key partners with Fairview in MINI include St. Mary’s Health Clinics, Stairstep Foundation, Homeland Health Specialists, Open Cities Health Center, River Valley Nursing Center, American Indian Community Development Corporation and the Minnesota Department of Health. Many other community groups also actively help out.

“The success of MINI hinges on this collaboration of diverse organizations all working together to improve immunization rates among underserved populations,” says Peterson. “None of us could do this alone.”

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