Why Are Childhood Vaccines So Important?

Diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. These include polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, rotavirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) which use to be common in the U.S. but now can be prevented by vaccination. Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives (CDC, 2017).  Despite overwhelming evidence for the safety of immunizing babies and young children, some parents elect to delay or reject vaccines for their children. Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can strike in any community and spread quickly among people who are not immune.


What We Do

RCHC’s 4-Point Evidence-Based Care (EBC) program to improve childhood immunization rates includes clinical decision support tools, sharing of best practices, and quality improvement and population health support in the form of trainings. RCHC convenes a child health work group every other month.

Clinical Decision Support

Under Development

Promising Practices

Under Development


RCHC Training Calendar

Who We Serve

We serve the 13 participating health centers and over 185,000 health center patients from 5 counties: Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Yolo.

Health Centers: Alexander Valley Healthcare, Anderson Valley Health Center, Coastal Health Alliance, CommuniCare Health Centers, Marin City Health and Wellness, Marin Community Clinics, OLE Health, Petaluma Health Center, Ritter Center, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, West County Health Centers, and Winters Healthcare Foundation.


This project was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Project Timeline

August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2019


The project team will use our four-point Evidence Based Care program to focus on five outcome measures.

Outcome Measures
Childhood Immunization Rates (By Age 2)


Health Centers:

  • Alexander Valley Healthcare
  • Anderson Valley Health Center
  • Coastal Health Alliance
  • CommuniCare Health Centers
  • Marin City Health and Wellness
  • Marin Community Clinics
  • OLE Health
  • Petaluma Health Center
  • Ritter Center
  • Santa Rosa Community Health Centers
  • Sonoma Valley Community Health Center
  • West County Health Centers
  • Winters Healthcare Foundation

Strategic Partners:

  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)


For more information, please contact Michelle Rosaschi.


  • HRSA HCCN Grant