Summary ↗

Project VAXH (Vaccine Hesitancy) is a partnership with the Southcentral foundation to improve vaccine hesitancy in native Alaskan tribal populations. The project is a consortium of tribal health leaders from across Alaska to better understand vaccine attitudes and intentions, including hesitancy, and to increase vaccine uptake in Alaskan ANAI communities. In conjunction with community advisors, we will develop and implement a theory-driven intervention that is grounded in ANAI values of relationality and respect. Content developed will be incorporated into an eHealth toolkit for use by community members and specially trained community vaccine advocates. We will launch the intervention in the southcentral region of Alaska and evaluate effectiveness using the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (REAIM) framework. This project adds to the limited evidence regarding adult vaccine attitudes, intentions, and behaviors among ANAI people. It holds the potential to increase vaccination in a hard-hit population and build support for future vaccination as SARS-CoV2 continues to evolve.

Collaborators ↗

Annie Collier, Senior Researcher, Southcentral Foundation

Susan Trinidad, Assistant Professor, University of Washington.

Funding ↗

The project is funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Project# 1R01AI170946-01.