*DEADLINE TO APPLY IS OCTOBER 31, 2021*
Following last year's inaugural call for stories of operational change that illustrate resourcefulness, adaptability and resilience, this year's call seeks stories related to programs implemented during COVID-19 as well as efforts to return to routine immunization.
Given the current infodemic, we are particularly interested in sharing stories that address misinformation and strengthen vaccine acceptance and demand in communities.
A Bright Spot starts with an application, where you provide a brief outline of your immunization program, the primary actors involved and an overview of the outcomes. Applications can be submitted by anyone - from the sub-national EPI focal person to the partner funding the work. However, regardless of who submits the application, story submitters must agree to actively pull in crucial voices - teammates, local EPI staff, technical assistants - if their story is selected; this is an essential step in the process
Once the application closes, the selection process commences, including rounds of review by a select Peer Committee, consisting of Boost Community members, immunization experts and Boost team members.
Submitters of selected stories move forward to work with a seasoned storyteller, where they collectively refine, structure and format the final Bright Spot story. Previous Bright Spots have taken on the form of short-written stories and recorded podcasts. Depending on the final format(s), this process typically takes 2-3 months.
If your story is selected by a diverse panel of peers and experts, it will be showcased and shared within and beyond the Boost Community - a global network of more than 1,700 immunization professionals - and elevated to global stakeholders. Previous Bright Spots have been showcased as case studies and story contributors have been featured in Boost-hosted webinars reaching a global audience.