Last week, during a meeting for the New York City Coalition for Immunization Initiatives, the Bureau of Immunization of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recognized our Mirabal Sisters Campus for the high immunization coverage achieved through the school-based health center (SBHC).
The SBHC was one of three medical practices that the city recognized from a group of more than 100 practices that were audited during the quarter of November 2014-February 2015. To be considered, a practice had to have more than 25 patients, a Vaccine for Children (VFC) Doses Administered Report of more than 90 percent, and attain at least 65 percent coverage based on Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR) data for the Tdap, MCV, and HPV among 13-17 year-olds.
Mirabal Sisters Campus had more than 500 patients registered, reported 100% of the doses administered, and had a 90 percent coverage rate for TDAP, 83 percent for MCV, and 67 percent for HPV.
When accepting the award, Katherine Mar, the nurse practitioner at Mirabal, emphasized that this was a team effort and acknowledged her medical team: Maria Acero, administrative assistant, Gremaris Breznicar, medical assistant, and Felicia Rodriguez, the health escort. Adria Cruz, director of SBHCs and Special Initiatives for the Children’s Aid, said that this award demonstrates that SBHCs are highly effective public and primary health care providers as they are located where the children are: in school.