Open RFP for Adolescent Immunization Improvement Partnership-Due 2.6.19

The Request for Proposals to support an Adolescent Immunization Improvement Partnership is now available here. Applications are due by February 6.

The Adolescent Immunization Improvement Partnership falls within the Best Starts strategy to Sustain the Gain for children aged 5-24 years.

The goal of this project is to meet the health needs of youth through promoting preventive healthcare with an emphasis on increasing vaccination coverage for adolescents and teens. The project will seek to identify and address disparities in adolescent vaccination coverage through a multicomponent quality improvement-based intervention in King County family medicine and pediatric practices.

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Strategy Modifications

This funding was originally awarded to the University of Washington in 2017.

In the process of developing this program over the last year, Best Starts gained a deeper understanding of the resources required to effectively support regional child and adolescent health improvement efforts. Moving forward, the Best Starts for Kids program will reflect the National Improvement Partnership Network’s Improvement Partnership model. This will expand the scope of the program to better provide a sustainable strategy to ensure that all adolescents receive appropriate and timely vaccines as well as address other child health priorities. Beginning in 2019, the quality improvement learning collaborative will be a part of the Improvement Partnership. In light of this shift, UW and Public Health/Best Starts have mutually agreed to end the original contract contract.

This change in focus was not anticipated and we want to acknowledge the work that has been done to-date and emphasize that the University of Washington remains a valued partner.

Improvement Partnership

Through this RFP, the Public Health Seattle & King County Immunization Program seeks to contract with a King County based organization to help facilitate a King County immunization improvement partnership (IP). The IP will create a forum that advances quality improvement (QI) efforts in King County clinical settings. It will bring together key stakeholders across the health care system that will support quality improvement both in general and specific to immunization coverage improvement in the clinical setting as well as coordinate efforts aimed at reducing systemic barriers to increasing vaccination coverage.

Investment Available

2 year contract beginning SY 2019 Up to $220,000 per year


Funds through this RFP will be awarded to a non-profit organization, health organization, health professional association, or academic institution based in King County. The core goal of this program is to implement a sustainable improvement partnership with an emphasis on immunizations and preventive care for all youth and adolescents. Healthcare and health status disparities, language barriers, unique population needs, and equity and social justice will be addressed in this work. Therefore, it is essential that this partnership be community-based and informed by King County community needs. It should be networked across the various sectors that serve a racial, ethnic and socioeconomically diverse population. This includes small and independent practices, community health clinics, private practices, school-based health centers, and other agencies/sites where preventive care is addressed.


RFP Issued 1/9/2019
Final Day to Ask Questions 1/15/2019
RFP Addenda Issued (if necessary) 1/22/2019
RFP Responses Due 2/6/2019
Interviews with applicants (if necessary) 2/11/2019
Responses Reviewed and Rated 2/14/2019
Notice of Selected and Non-Selected RFPs 2/22/2019
Selected RFP List Published 2/28/2019


Talking about vaccination is particularly important for immigrant and refugee families who may not have discussed vaccination with a health care provider before. This partnership will focus on improving culturally appropriate and relevant information about vaccinations to reduce disparities in vaccine coverage.

Where can I find data to support my application?

The Best Starts for Kids interactive data website allows users to focus in on Best Starts indicators in their community, neighborhood, or city. Proposals should relate to one or more of the secondary indicators listed in the Request for Proposals.

You are NOT required to submit a detailed evaluation plan as part of your application.

An additional data resource page is available from Communities Count.


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