Innovation in Immunization Practices
Project Proposal: Increasing access of influenza vaccines to the homeless in Rochester, New York
Joy Snyder, PharmD currently serves as the Public Health Pharmacy Fellow at St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy and Wegmans Pharmacy in Rochester, New York. Dr. Snyder graduated from St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy.
Her motivation for this project stems from the high rate of homelessness in Rochester, NY. Homelessness often leads to poor health outcomes. She was recently approached by a group, Project Homeless Connect, to offer influenza vaccines at their annual event and thought this would be a great opportunity for outreach and increased vaccination rates to better protect our community.
"I am so excited to be able to use the funds to serve an underserved population, the homeless here in Rochester, NY. We have data to show that those without health insurance are less likely to receive an influenza vaccine. These funds will help to increase vaccination rates and allow those who may not usually receive an influenza vaccine to have an opportunity to receive one at no cost."