Clinic-based financial coaching with low-income families improved attendance to pediatric appointments and infant vaccination rates

A pilot study in Pediatrics explores whether embedding financial coaching for low-income families at their pediatric primary care clinic would impact attendance to pediatric preventive care appointments and infant vaccination rates. In this Los Angeles clinic-based approach, participating parents received financial coaching during their babies’ well-child visits. Through a randomized controlled trial, authors assessed pediatric appointment attendance and vaccination rates for 81 parent-infant dyads in the infants’ first six months life. Results showed that parents who received financial coaching had fewer missed appointments, and their infants had better vaccination rates than the control group.