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Authors

  1. Hyder, Ayaz PhD
  2. Graffagnino, Cheryl MS
  3. Barbeau, Rebecca MPH
  4. Bennett, Suellen MSPH
  5. Dent, Lisa D. MPA
  6. French, Gavin MHA
  7. Glover, Autumn MCRP, MPA
  8. Jones, Alexandria RN
  9. McAdams, Jennie MPH
  10. Nawaz, Saira PhD
  11. Wontumi, Gold-Marie MD, MPH, MWACP, DA
  12. Baryeh, Nana PhD, MS, PMD

Abstract

Context: Data sharing between local health departments and health care systems is challenging during public health crises. In early 2021, the supply of COVID-19 vaccine was limited, vaccine appointments were difficult to schedule, and state health departments were using a phased approach to determine who was eligible to get the vaccine.

 

Program: Multiple local health departments and health care systems with the capacity for mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics came together in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio, with a common objective to coordinate where, when, and how to set up mobile/pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics. To support this objective, the Equity Mapping Tool, which is a set of integrated tools, workflows, and processes, was developed, implemented, and deployed in partnership with an academic institution.

 

Implementation: The Equity Mapping Tool was designed after a rapid community engagement phase. Our analytical approaches were informed by community engagement activities, and we translated the Equity Mapping Tool for stakeholders, who typically do not share timely and granular data, to build capacity for data-enabled decision making.

 

Discussion: We discuss our observations related to the sustainability of the Equity Mapping Tool, lessons learned for public health scientists/practitioners, and future directions for extending the Equity Mapping Tool to other jurisdictions and public health crises.