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Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Pregnant Individuals & Other Vulnerable Populations

Though much progress has been made since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers must still manage new cases, new variants, and new information. This four-module course will address vaccine hesitancy among vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on pregnant and recently pregnant individuals, and the strategies health care professionals can implement to address these issues.

Learner Outcomes
At the conclusion of this educational presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define key terms related to COVID-19 vaccine (vaccine hesitancy, vaccine confidence, vaccine uptake).
  2. Recognize individuals and communities who are at higher risk for COVID-19.
  3. Identify possible reasons behind lack of vaccine confidence and lower vaccine uptake among specific high-risk communities (i.e. communities of color, pregnant individuals, individuals planning to become pregnant).
  4. Relate factors, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic, that put individuals at greater risk for anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy.
  5. Describe prevention and intervention approaches to help individuals cope with anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy.
  6. Review strategies a provider can implement to reach high risk and vulnerable communities to improve vaccine confidence.
Medical Society of New Jersey Accreditation Statement
HRET is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing education for physicians. NJHA-HRET designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.
Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New Jersey State Nurses Association Accreditation Statement
HRET is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Provider Number P-131-3/2024.

This activity awards 1 nursing contact hour.

The planning committee, presenters, facility, authors, and content reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Disclosure forms are required and reviewed for any issues. Speakers are required to present balanced and unbiased presentations. The presentation’s content has been reviewed and any bias has been eliminated.

Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by HRET, NJSNA, ANCC Commission on Accreditation of any commercial products displayed with this program.

CHES and Public Health

The Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Workforce Development is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., and approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education credits.

This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hour and 1.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Credit.

ASWB ACE individual course approval
Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Pregnant Individuals, & Other Vulnerable Populations, Course #4407, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by New Jersey Hospital Association as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 05/16/2023 - 05/16/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 general continuing education credits.

Financial Disclosures
This work is funded in part by Grant 1 NU 58DP006373-03-00, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maternal Infant Health Branch, State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.