The 1890 Universities Foundation collaborated with the Extension Foundation to implement the system-wide program, Extension Collaborative on
Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE). EXCITE addresses
barriers and increases confidence about COVID-19, flu, and other
vaccinations among rural and medically underserved audiences and informs
CDC, USDA-NIFA, Cooperative Extension, and health partners about how best to implement public health programs to reduce health disparities.
EXCITE projects at 1890 Institutions strive to promote health, remove
disparities, and empower Black communities through immunization education programs.
The "Vaccinate with Confidence" campaign was completed in October of 2022 and educated various target populations about the importance of
immunizations against COVID-19 in order to increase vaccine confidence.
Seventeen 1890 institutions participated in the one-year project.
Immunization Education Pilots develop and evaluate new strategies to inform best practices for future vaccination education programming. Immunization Education Pilots are two-year projects that will wrap up in May 2023.
These projects have been busy creating and testing messages, as well as
learning from the communities about how CES, CDC, and local healthcare
providers could collaborate to inform and reach people with adult
immunization education. Five 1890 institutions were chosen to lead these
1890 Region EXCITE impact:
- Seventeen 1890 LGUs participated in EXCITE
- 3,605,836 and counting individuals reached
- 98 counties in 17 states reached
- 2 Native American reservations reached
- 80 community and healthcare partners formed
Learn more about the 1890 EXCITE projects:
- EXCITE project map with reach and project info
- Watch Project videos from the EXCITE teams to see the innovative ways 1890 projects are implementing Immunization Education in their communities.