Welcome to our research study!  The project, entitled “Uncovering and Addressing Cultural Beliefs behind Vaccine Racial Disparities,” is a mixed methods study aimed at uncovering the factors responsible for different rates of immunization among American-born Black/African American and White adults so that we can develop new materials to communicate with patients about routine and emergency immunization.

This project is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), grant number P20MD006737.

This study has been approved by the University of Maryland Institutional Review Board, IRBNet ID 367080.

We are studying the factors responsible for different rates of immunization among American-born Black/African American and White adults so that we can develop new materials to communicate with patients about routine and emergency immunization.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why should I participate in this study? 
If you participate in this study, you will help us improve the health of minority populations. You will make $30 for your time.

2. Who is conducting this study? 
A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, the University of Georgia and the University of Pittsburgh are conducting this study.  Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn at the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland is directing the project.  Dr. Quinn specializes in research that aims to reduce health disparities between Black/African American and White populations. Dr. Leah B. Curran is the Study Coordinator of the project.  Dr. Curran’s work is on gender, race, health and public policy.

3. Why is this study being done? 
This study is being done because persistent differences exist in the rates of immunization between Black/African American and White adults, which results in increased rates of illness among Black/African American populations.  We want to better understand the reasons behind different rates of vaccine use so that we can work to improve the health of Black/African American populations.

4. What kind of participants are you looking for? 
We are looking for Black/African American (non-Hispanic) and White (non-Hispanic), English-speaking adults aged 18 and over who were born in the United States. 

5. Why aren’t you including Hispanic or Asian participants? 
For practical purposes, our study is limited to Black/African American and White participants born in the United States.  We hope to include people of all races when resources permit in later research.

6. Where are you recruiting participants? 
We are recruiting study participants from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and throughout the state of Maryland. 

7. What do I have to do? 
The first step is a brief phone interview.  Here, we will explain the study to you, answer any questions you have about the project, and ask you a few questions about your background.  Any information we collect here will be kept confidential and will only be used to make sure we are targeting a diverse group of study participants.  If you participate in the study, we will schedule you for a one-on-one interview at this time.  This phone call should take about 15 minutes.

The second step is an in-person interview.  This will be an individual interview involving you and one interviewer.  At the beginning of the interview, we will ask you to fill out a short, anonymous questionnaire about your background and your experience with vaccines.  No names will be collected on the questionnaire, so any information you report will be confidential.  The interview should take about 60 minutes.  These conversations will be recorded.

8. Why are interviews recorded? 
Recording is a common way that researchers capture what people say in interviews.  The conversations we record will be kept strictly confidential and will not be listened to by anyone that is not on our research team.  Your name will not be attached to the recording, nor will your image be captured in any way.  All members of the research team have had special training on how to protect confidentiality.

9. How long will it take? 
The first phone conversation will take about 15 minutes.  The in-person interview will take about 60 minutes (not including the time it will take you to travel to and from the interview).

10. Are you giving people vaccines? 
NO, WE ARE NOT GIVING VACCINES.  We are interested in hearing people’s thoughts, feelings and experiences with vaccines, but we will not, under any circumstance, administer vaccines or any other type of medical treatment.

11. What do I get out of this? 
Each participant will receive $30 cash for their time and participation. 

12. When will interviews be starting? 
Interviews are being conducted now!  We hope to finish our interviews by March 31, 2014.

13. Was this study approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University? 
Yes, this study has been reviewed by the IRB to ensure that our interaction with participants in the study meets all ethical requirements. 

14. Where do I get more information or sign up to participate?

E-mail vaccinestudy@umd.edu or call 301-405-1464 and talk to a member of our research team. 

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