Baltimore Immunization Registry Campaigns to Enroll Providers
- Annual birth cohort: 9,100
- Geographic area: City of Baltimore
- Legislation: City ordinance mandates healthcare provider reporting to the registry
- Percentage of immunizations given in private sector: 95 percent
- Other sources of funding: Federal, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Despite a 1995 mandate that providers report to the registry, the Baltimore registry, BIRP, had only 20 percent of its 130 private providers enrolled in June 1998. With 95 percent of immunizations given in the private sector, the completion of the registry required full participation of all providers. The registry launched an intensive recruitment campaign involving the majority of immunization department staff, with the goal of having all enrolled by end of 1998. Other registry activities were given lower priority to accomplish this goal. By June 2000, through one-on-one recruitment of providers, the registry successfully recruited more than 90 percent of the city's private providers. Registry staff recognizes that recruiting private providers is just half the battle: maintaining provider participation in a registry requires reducing provider burden and returning value-added information and services to participating providers.
GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION
Baltimore Immunization Registry Program (BIRP)
City of Baltimore Department of Health (Baltimore, MD)
Dates: February 1998 to May 2000
Program Director: David A. Ross, Sc.D.
Former Program Director: William H. Foege, M.D., M.P.H. (December 1991 through July 1997)
Former Program Director: William C. Watson, Jr., M.P.A. (August 1997 through July 2001)