Project VIVA Harlem

Abstract: Project VIVA (Venue-Intensive Vaccines for Adults) Harlem is a quasi-experimental project involving a multilevel community participatory intervention that is designed to improve influenza vaccination rates among adults aged 50 and older living in East and Central Harlem through a community-based participatory research approach. The Project VIVA Harlem team includes academic researchers from the UCSF School of Nursing, NYU’s Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), and the New York Academy of Medicine’s Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies along with community partners from Palladia, Inc.  Working closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, we address both seasonal and pandemic H1N1 vaccination needs by developing health education approaches as well as providing or identifying opportunities for vaccination in  non-traditional settings including pharmacies and community-based organizations.