Dr. Beulah Nash-Teachey
For Dr. Beulah Nash-Teachey, increasing the flu vaccination rate for African Americans in Augusta, GA, is a personal mission she brings to her work with community organizations.
She encourages members of her professional nurses sorority, Chi Eta Phi
, to educate patients through health work, organizes flu vaccination events as the Georgia NAACP
Health Chair, and informs members of her church—Tabernacle Baptist Church—about the flu.
Identifying with someone you know that gets the flu shot has great importance in building trust, says Nash-Teachey on the power of personal advocacy. Dr. Nash-Teachey has been an active NIVDP partner since 2012, providing trusted leadership within her network.
The women’s support group at Tabernacle Baptist Church highlights a health issue each month. This past winter, one topic was flu. Based on follow-up conversations, many church group members chose to get flu vaccinations.
Dr. Nash-Teachey encouraged members of the Chi Eta Phi Sorority to display CDC flu vaccination posters in their clinics to highlight the importance of flu vaccination for patients.
Chi Eta Phi Sorority sister, Victoria Burt, makes flu vaccination a priority as a nurse practitioner for University Hospital Pulmonary Critical Care in Augusta, GA. In addition to posting CDC’s flu vaccination posters, Burt instructs her staff to note in patient charts whether they have had an annual flu vaccination, recommends flu vaccination to her patients, and follows up with them on return visits to see if they received a flu vaccine.
“We focus on helping people overcome the fear of getting a vaccination based on what they’ve heard from other people,” says Burt. “We take time to educate the patient.”
For NIVDP partners in Augusta, these one-on-one conversations help spread the word about the benefits of flu vaccination.
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