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PI: Melissa Stockwell

Research Group:
·Angela Barret (Project Coordinator)
·Stewin Camargo (Data Manager)
·Natalie DuRivage (Research Assistant)
·Nadira Fernandez (Project Coordinator)
·Celibell Vargas (Project Coordinator)
·Hilbania Diaz (Research Assistant)
·Yaritza Castellanos (Research Assistant)
·Maria Morban (Research Assistant)

·Paula Castaño
·Annika Hofstetter
·Elyse Olshen Kharbanda
·Phil LaRussa
·David Vawdrey
·Carolyn Westhoff
·Elaine Larson
·Lisa Saiman

EzVac Immunization Information System:
·Balendu DasGupta
·Karthik Natarajan
·Oscar Peña

Text4Health is a mobile health research program directed by Dr. Melissa Stockwell from the Division of Child and Adolescent Health in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Physicians and Surgeons, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The goal of this program is to improve immunization rates for underserved, low-income populations using text messaging.

Research Studies:

For more information regarding a particular study, please click on the link below:

1. FluText : Influenza vaccine text message reminders for children, adolescents and pregnant women

2. Text4Kids : Vaccine reminder re-call and appointment reminders

3. Flu2Text : Use of text messages to increase receipt of second dose of influenza vaccine

4. Text4Health : Adolescent vaccine reminder-recalls

5. FeverText : Assessing the use of text messaging to follow vaccine adverse events

7. MOSAIC (Mobile Surveillance for ARI and ILI in the Community):: Assess incidence and etiology of acute respiratory infections (ARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI) in the community

8. FluNet : Vaccine safety and reporting study


1. Effect of a text messaging intervention on influenza vaccination in an urban, low-income pediatric and adolescent population: a randomized controlled trial. Stockwell MS, Kharbanda EO, Martinez RA, Vargas CY, Vawdrey DK, Camargo S. JAMA. 2012 Apr 25;307(16):1702-8.

2. Text4Health: Impact of Text Message Reminder-Recalls for Pediatric and Adolescent Immunizations. Stockwell MS, Kharbanda EO, Martinez RA, Lara M, Vawdrey D, Natarajan K, Rickert VI.Am J Public Health. 2012 Feb;102(2):e15-e21

3. Text message reminders to promote human papillomavirus vaccination. Kharbanda EO, Stockwell MS, Fox HW, Andres R, Lara M, Rickert VI. Vaccine. 2011 Mar 21;29(14):2537-41

4. Parental and provider preferences and concerns regarding text message reminder/recall for early childhood vaccinations. Hofstetter AM, Vargas CY, Kennedy A, Kitayama K, Stockwell MS. Prev Med. 2013 Aug;57(2):75-80

5. Exploring pregnant women's views on influenza vaccination and educational text messages. Kharbanda EO, Vargas CY, Castaño PM, Lara M, Andres R, Stockwell MS. Prev Med. 2011 Jan;52(1):75-7

6. Text4Health: a qualitative evaluation of parental readiness for text message immunization reminders. Kharbanda EO, Stockwell MS, Fox HW, Rickert VI. Am J Public Health. 2009 Dec;99(12):2176-8

7. Utilizing health information technology to improve vaccine communication and coverage. Stockwell MS, Fiks AG. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2013 Jun 4;9(8):[Epub ahead of print]

8. Using digital technologies to improve treatment adherence. Castaño PM, Stockwell MS, Malbon KM. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Sep;56(3):434-45

Columbia University Research Studies funded by:
Health Resources and Services Administration; Maternal and Child Research Program: R40MC17169, R40MC08961 Centers for Disease for Control and Prevention: 1U01IP000313 and subcontract

PI: Dr. Melissa Stockwell

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