VOLUNTEERS FOR CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION
Project Milestones and National Award
Funding (1996-1998) from the Health Resources and
Services Administration (HRSA) was awarded to UNT ($25,000/year) to "share the
model" through training and limited technical assistance with other Region VI states.
Subsequent HRSA funding is allowing UNT to share the SCI model through training and
technical assistance with six additional states outside Region VI by 2001. Unlike the
Texas project, the responsibility for locating funding, demonstrating their state-specific
SCI model, and establishing SCI program(s) rests not with UNT, but with proponents located
in each state.
- PHASE I: MODEL CREATION 1993
- Administration on Aging funds demonstration phase of
SCI program ($100,000). UNT collaborates with local Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs
(RSVP) to provide volunteers in Denton and Dallas
- Based on positive outcomes, the Texas Department of
Health elects to fund statewide dissemination of the field-tested and revised SCI model
($109,000 from 9/1/95 2/28/97).
- PHASE II: MODEL DISSEMINATION WITHIN
TEXAS 1995 1998
- The SCI model is expanded to represent various rural,
suburban, and metropolitan sites in fourteen Texas communities. TDH funding to UNT and the
Texas SVCI programs totals $310,353/year by 1998. Milestones include:
- Denton becomes first site to operate SCI in all
Denton County hospitals. El Paso RSVP recruits over 60 bilingual volunteers and begins SCI
in four hospitals simultaneously (1995-1996).
- Colorado City becomes the first rural site in 1996
- Fort Worth becomes the first metropolitan site to
operate in a large public county hospital (1997).
- In 1998, Dallas begins operating the hospital model
in the second largest maternity hospital, and UNT conducts a study of the Denton site to
determine the effectiveness of proactive outreach to encourage completion of the full
series of immunizations in 1998.
- Model Dissemination to Other States (1996 - 2001)
for Childhood Immunization Program
Receives National Award
The Seniors/Volunteers for Childhood Immunization program
receives National Award as an Excellence in Aging Program from the United
States Committee, as a part of the celebration in 1999 of The United
Year of Older Persons.
The awards were presented in Washington, D. C., on December 7,
1999. The Seniors/Volunteers for Childhood Immunization Program
(SVCI) was one of twelve nationwide programs
selected for recognition as an Excellence in Aging Program out of 375
The Excellence in Aging Awards were developed by the U.S. Committee in an
effort to encourage the growth of programs that address a positive image for
aging and make significant steps toward improvement in the quality of life
for older adults.
Since 1993, with funding support from the Texas Department
of Health, the SVCI program has operated in 13 Cities across Texas.
There are over 400 senior volunteers serving in the SVCI program. The
longevity and success of the program can be attributed largely to the
efforts of these volunteers that participate in the SVCI program by
interacting with the new mothers in the hospital, assembling hospital
packets, sending reminder cards, making reminder calls, and conducting the
13 month follow up reports.