Supplemental Funding for Reaching More Adults and Children

General Information
Program/Project Name: Supplemental Funding for Reaching More Adults and Children

Funding Category: Serving the Most Vulnerable

Program Description
Federal Grant Name: Supplemental Funding for Reaching More Adults and Children Funding Opportunity

Programs Supported Through Funding: Philadelphia needs to enhance adult immunizations. This project aims to increase access to vaccines, record data on adult immunization, and create a tool to monitor outcomes of adult immunization programs.

Why Apply for this Grant?
Program Objectives: Two main immunization areas will be the focus of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s (PDPH) project – the Vaccines for Adults At Risk Program (VFAAR) and the KIDS Registry. Utilizing funds awarded through the ARRA Supplemental Funding for Reaching More Children and Adults, PDPH will (1) expand the VFAAR program in order to improve vaccination rates in Philadelphia adults and (2) improve the existing PDPH KIDS Registry by capturing adult vaccinations in Philadelphia, provide improved functionality to Philadelphia providers, and to improve vaccine management accountability through real-time bidirectional messaging capability between the immunization registry and vaccine inventory software.

Use of Funds: Funds will purchase immunization database software/hardware and consultants to customize the application for local use. Funds will also support staff to enhance adult immunization programs.

Grant Achievements for this Quarter: In this reporting quarter, the Philadelphia Health Department (PDPH) continued to test the Beta version of the new immunization registry software application, to be known henceforth as KIDSPlus.  PDPH staff have migrated all historical data from the KIDS II database into the KIDSPlus application. Staff continue to test the application, and make modifications to the software. Staff also have completed all customization of design and user interfaces. Many training sessions and forums for Philadelphia healthcare providers on use of KIDSPlus were conducted.  New healthcare providers who administer immunizations to adults continue to be enrolled for reporting to KIDSPlus. Project staff participated in monthly conference calls with the CDC to review grant activities and work plans. The production version of KIDSPlus is scheduled to launch for provider use on January 9, 2012.

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:

Q8: 4.01

Q9: 4.01

Q10: 4.01

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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