Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence and Access among Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Community-Engaged Public Health Practice

Ingie Osman, Renee Sieving, Lauren Vasilakos, Katie Pierson, Asha Elgonda, Trenton Bartlett, Janna R. Gewirtz O’Brien

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Abstract

Background: Youth experiencing homelessness (YEH) face a wide range of complex barriers to COVID-19 vaccine confidence and access. Objectives: Describe our process for engaging a cross-sector team centering equity and youth voice; outline our intervention strategies to enhance COVID-19 vaccine confidence and access among YEH; and discuss lessons learned through this community-engaged process. Methods: We engaged partners from across sectors, includ-ing youth-serving agencies, healthcare organizations, public health organizations, and YEH. We used focus groups, key informant interviews, and other community engagement strategies to develop and implement a series of interventions aimed to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and access among YEH. Results: We identified youths’ key concerns about vaccine confidence and access. To address these concerns, we implemented four community-driven interventions: youth-friendly messaging, health events, vaccine aftercare kits, and staff training. Conclusions: This community-engaged project highlighted the value of cross-sector partnership and consistent youth engagement in addressing vaccine confidence among YEH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-89
Number of pages11
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2024

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Keywords

  • Adolescent Health Services
  • COVID-19
  • Community Health Partnerships
  • Homeless Persons
  • Public Health
  • Vaccines

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