Sprint to Accelerate Vaccination Equitably (SAVE) in Community and Rural Health

Starting Thursday, October 7th, 2021 from 2:00-3:00pm EST

A virtual 10-week improvement program to support community health, rural health and primary care leaders and teams to accelerate the safe and equitable administration of the COVID vaccine for their target populations.


Despite the initial successes of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, a significant portion of the country still remains unvaccinated and a new highly contagious variant is on the rise. COVID also cast a long overdue spotlight on health equity by highlighting the massively disparate health outcomes by race and ethnicity in the US. Health centers are committed to developing robust strategies and partnerships to ensure the maximum equitable immunization of staff members and patients. This fast-paced and interactive learning and action program will help health centers develop and test tools and strategies to increase COVID vaccination rates within their communities. The program includes:

  • Weekly hour-long webinars featuring content, and coaching from national primary care experts;

  • Interactive discussions and resource-sharing with peer practices from across the country and;

  • Short, relevant weekly assignments to support your practice's specific program goals.

The Sprint will provide participating teams with guidance for how to partner with patients and community leaders to increase COVID immunization rates for staff and patients. Teams will leave with tools and templates for ongoing improvement and a plan for how to accelerate the work in the months ahead.


At the end of this program, participating teams will:

  • Understand their practice’s system for vaccine distribution, priority and availability.

  • Identify at least one new community stakeholder with whom to partner going forward.

  • Increase the percentage of their target population receiving the COVID vaccine.

  • Decrease the vaccine declination rate at their practice for their target population.

  • Identify strategies to decrease the difference between vaccination rates by race at their practice.


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Chief Innovation Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System


Desiree Collins-Bradley

Person and Family Engagement National Faculty Member, TCPI


Lena Hatchett, PhD, MA

Director of Community and University Partnerships, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago


Megan Littlefield, MD

CMO, Riverstone Health, Billings, MT


Denise Octavia-Smith, MBA, CHW, PN

Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers


Daniel Peres

Project Director, IHI's Latin America and Europe


Somava Saha, MD, MS

CEO, Wellbeing and Equity in the World

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Joji Suzuki, MD

Director, Division Of Addiction Psychiatry, Department Of Psychiatry, Brigham And Women’s Hospital

Planning Team:


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Roger Chaufournier, MHSA

CEO, CSI Solutions


Lindsay Hunt, MEd - Course Director

Director of Health Systems Transformation, HMS, Center for Primary Care


Kirsten Meisinger, MD, MHCDS

Regional Medical Director, Cambridge Health Alliance



Program Schedule

The SAVE curriculum schedule can be found here.


Registration is now closed.



For more information on this program, including how to register, please contact Course Director, Lindsay Hunt at Lindsay_hunt@hms.harvard.edu.

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**PLEASE NOTE: A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations that occur 20 days prior to the event and a 25% refund will be issued for cancellations that occur 10 days prior to the event. Attendees will not be refunded for cancellations that take place less than 10 days prior to the event.