Beyond Data: Straight talk from New Orleans residents

Data often reduces complex community issues to simple numbers. To understand the many dimensions to an issue, it’s essential to engage community residents.

To bring this data to life, we asked New Orleans residents their thoughts about the low immunization rate of children in New Orleans. Here’s what they had to say:

 I thought we had more kids immunized. (The children in our Head Start programs have their immunizations). I thought we had more kids immunized. Health departments and other agencies haven’t done a good enough job of getting the word out to dispel rumors and myths about the relationship between immunizations and autism.”

– Catherine Robin, 37, program manager, Head Start

There are lots of children in home-based care who aren’t immunized. Home-based childcare providers often do not know about important developmental milestones during early childhood including the necessary immunizations. But the cost of childcare and cuts to childcare assistance programs limit families’ access to high quality early child care providers.”

– Thelma French