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Kristen A. Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHPR, FAAP
Kristen A. Feemster
Research Director, Vaccine Education Center

Dr. Feemster's research includes vaccine acceptance among parents and immunization providers, community-based interventions to improve vaccine uptake, neighborhood factors associated with the incidence of pertussis and influenza, and healthcare-associated respiratory infection in the pediatric ambulatory setting.

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Dr. Feemster's portfolio reflects a longstanding interest in public health and a commitment to improve outcomes for children by addressing contextual factors that may impact disease risk and access to health services. This has resulted in two complimentary foci: understanding how environmental factors, social networks, and community systems affect the epidemiology of infectious diseases; and evaluating policies related to the prevention of pediatric infectious diseases, specifically vaccine policies.

Her current research includes vaccine acceptance among parents and immunization providers in the United States and internationally, community-based interventions to improve vaccine uptake, neighborhood factors associated with the incidence of pertussis and influenza, and healthcare-associated respiratory infection in the pediatric ambulatory setting. This body of work has also demonstrated the importance of understanding the drivers of health-related behaviors and adoption of new recommendations to ensure effective policy implementation.

Education and Training

BS, Yale University (Environmental Biology), 1995

MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (Population and Family Health), 2001

MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2002

MS, University of Pennsylvania (Health Policy Research), 2008

Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatric Infectious Diseases), 2010

 

Titles and Academic Titles

Research Director, Vaccine Education Center

Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2002-

Philadelphia Immunization Coalition, 2005-

Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, 2006-

Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2008-

Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition, 2014-

Unity Consortium, 2016-

Professional Awards

Philadelphia Pediatric Society Award for Commitment to Community Pediatrics, 2005

Nancy Elizabeth Barnhart Award for Dedication to Children in the Community, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2005

Eisenberg Scholar Research Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2007

Finalist, Young Investigators Award, Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2008

Fellows' Travel Grant Awardee, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2010

Centers of Excellence Minority Faculty Scholars Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2014

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