Altru receives grant to boost vaccination education awareness – Crookston Times

Vaccine Q&A opportunity at the Town Square Farmer’s Market on Saturday, August 13


Grand Forks, ND – Altru Health Foundation received a $500,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Health to fund immunization outreach activities in northeastern North Dakota. Altru will have a team available to answer vaccine-related questions at Town Square Farmer’s Market on Saturday, August 13 in Grand Forks.

“We are happy to answer any questions our community may have,” said Holly Benjamin, Practice Director at Altru Family Medicine Residency. “Whether you are a parent preparing to send their child to school or a senior wanting to learn more about the shingles vaccine, Altru’s suppliers are there for you.

This grant comes as immunization rates in North Dakota have declined. MMR vaccination rates at kindergarten entry fell more than 2% last year, compared to the previous year, according to the North Dakota Department of Health.

“By offering to answer questions, we want our community to feel confident in the vaccines we have,” Benjamin said. “By getting out into the community and providing education, we hope to reach everyone who may not have access to vaccination information.”

The Town Square Farmer’s Market takes place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the corner of 3rd Street and Demers Avenue in Grand Forks.

This two-year effort will support outreach in communities outside of Grand Forks, including Devils Lake and Drayton.

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