Whitney Huffman, Director of Clinical Integration at SoNE HEALTH, together with her BMC HealthNet Plan Mercy Alliance ACO team member, Cherelle Rozie, were honored to accept the 2022 Massachusetts Adult Immunization Championship Award. The award was conferred based on their efforts to address COVID-19 immunization disparities among the Medicaid ACO population in Springfield. Their work included strategies to increase vaccination rates through:

As of March 2022, 59% of BMC HealthNet Plan Mercy Alliance ACO adult members had been vaccinated against COVID-19 and disparities in vaccinations among patient populations were closed.

The team wishes to thank all the collaborators involved, including: Southern New England Healthcare Organization (SoNE HEALTH), Trinity Health Of New England, Mercy Hospital, BMC Health System, MA DPH, Springfield DPH, the City of Springfield, Baystate Medical Center, and Holyoke Medical Center.

A special thanks to the community groups who partnered with the team, including Black Springfield COVID-19 Coalition, New North Citizen’s Council, the Gandara Center, Educare Springfield, the Mental Health Association, Open Pantry Community Services, Extreme Kids Inc., and the Public Health Institute of Western Mass.