Interculturally Competent Analysis of the Uptake of Routine Vaccination
This multidisciplinary Bass Connections team will conduct an interculturally competent comparative analysis of the uptake of routine childhood vaccination services in two settings: Kumasi, Ghana, a rural setting with low vaccination rates (<70% coverage estimated); and Roatan, Honduras, a rural setting with high vaccination rates (>90% coverage estimated). Given cultural perceptions and differences, it becomes crucial that healthcare professionals and global health researchers are competent in working across cultures — not just in terms of their training, but also in terms of communication skills. This project has three aims: (1) understanding knowledge, attitudes and practices affecting vaccination uptake; (2) analyzing gender differences in mobile phone ownership and use within households; and (3) assessment of intercultural competence of team members engaged in research. Student team members will receive training in hypothesis testing, research design, survey data collection, quantitative analysis and intercultural competence through didactic and experiential learning opportunities.
The team will distill lessons learned and key barriers to the uptake of vaccinations as well as gender-based and socio-cultural constructs in household mobile technology ownership and use.