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Title Page COVID-19 Vaccine Attitudes Among Veterans in the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Goetz, Breanna Jay (2024) Title Page COVID-19 Vaccine Attitudes Among Veterans in the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Vaccine hesitancy has been an obstacle for ending the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, especially among vulnerable populations like non-white communities, healthcare workers, and the elderly. The pandemic demonstrated the clear public health significance of risk communication as well as understanding reasons for mistrust of scientific and government institutions. Appropriate science communication, both to the general public and to scientifically literate audiences, is a critical component of public health campaigns, both in COVID-19 vaccination efforts and more broadly.

I worked with a Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) group to design materials to help disseminate the results of a recent quality improvement project. Researchers from the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the VAPHS recently conducted two quality improvement projects to understand vaccine attitudes and hesitancy among healthcare workers and patients within the medical system. The main findings from the patient project were the characterization of four clusters of patient responses based on levels of concern about COVID-19 and beliefs in vaccine safety and efficacy. The working group highlighted this and other findings to create data visualizations to convey the results to stakeholders, mainly providers within the VAPHS.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Goetz, Breanna JayBJG52@pitt.eduBJG52
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFelter, Elizabethemfelter@pitt.eduemfelterUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMartinson, Jeremy@pitt.edujmartinsUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBurkitt, Kellykelly.burkitt@va.govN/AUNSPECIFIED
Date: 3 January 2024
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 58
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2024 14:35
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2024 14:35


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