CCIC Provider Education: Religious Vaccine Exemptions
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Children’s Hospital Colorado | Mt. Yale Conference Room, 2nd floor 13123 E. 16th Ave. | Aurora, CO 80045
Major religions support vaccination, but 47 states and the District of Columbia allow parents to claim exemptions from school- or childcare-mandated vaccines based on religious beliefs. Colorado allows religious vaccine exemptions (RVEs) and has one of the highest RVE rates in America. This presentation will review national and local trends in RVEs, discuss salient tenets and sacred texts from major faith traditions that may influence vaccine attitudes and practices, and describe results from a 2016-2017 pilot study to assess Denver religious leaders' vaccine attitudes, practices, and congregational experiences. This seminar is intended for healthcare providers, public health workers, educators, parents, and researchers interested in how religious belief influences vaccination practice in Denver and beyond.
At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe trends in the rates of religious vaccine exemptions across America and in Colorado over the past decade.
2. Describe Colorado's RVE law and how parents claim RVEs for their children.
3. Discuss how key tenets and sacred texts from major faith traditions may influence vaccine atti-tudes and practices.
4. Summarize results of a recent pilot study to assess Denver religious leaders' vaccine attitudes, practices, and congregational experiences.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Josh Williams is a staff pediatrician at Denver Health Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He grew up in the Midwest and went to medical school at the University of Chicago before moving to Colorado for residency and a Chief Resident year. He is married with two children, loves hiking and photography, plays guitar, and is trying out woodworking. He is a practicing Anglican.
Please RSVP by February 12
To attend in person:
Please register. Lunch provided with RSVP.
To participate via webinar:
For an optimal learning experience, we recommend attending this presentation in person. However, if distance or time does not allow, we welcome you to register for ReadyTalk web and audio access.