To explore ways to effectively utilize obstetric care practice websites for patient education, especially on topics like maternal vaccination and emerging infectious diseases.


In an attempt to identify better ways to steer pregnant women towards reputable information online regarding maternal vaccines, this project worked with obstetric practices in Georgia and Colorado to explore ways to use obstetric care providers’ websites more effectively for relaying vaccine education to expectant mothers.

The project’s original aims were unexpectedly shifted when the 2016 Zika pandemic arose and gave us the opportunity to study – in near real time – the preferences pregnant women had for receiving vaccine and Zika-related information from their prenatal care providers.


Our Team

Allison T. Chamberlain, PhD
Allison T. Chamberlain, PhD

Project Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Mallory Ellingson, MPH
Mallory Ellingson, MPH

Graduate Research Assistant
Years of service: 2016-2017


  1. Lehnert JD, Ellingson MK, Goryoka GW, Kasturi R, Maier E, Chamberlain AT. Use of Obstetric Practice Websites to Distribute Zika Virus Information to Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2017 Nov/Dec;23(6):608-613. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000537.
  2. Ellingson M., Bonk C., Chamberlain, A.T. A survey-based study of Zika Virus communication preferences among pregnant women in Georgia, United States. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.  September 26, 2017; 17(1): 325.  doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1516-0.
  3. Ellingson M., Chamberlain, A.T. Beyond the verbal: Pregnant women’s preferences for receiving influenza and Tdap vaccine information from their obstetric care providers.  Human Vaccines & Immunotherapuetics.  January 9, 2018.  doi: 10.1080/21645515.2018.1425114.  
  1. Ellingson M, Chamberlain, AT.  Zika Virus Communication Preferences of Pregnant Women.  Poster presentation.  2016 Georgia OB/GYN Society Meeting, August 2016, Sea Island, GA.
  2. Goryoka GW, Chamberlain AT, Ellingson MK, Kasturi R, Lehnert JD, Maier E, Berkelman RL. 2016 American Society of Tropical medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting. November 2016. Atlanta, GA.
  3. Chamberlain AT.  Communicating Public Health Messages to Obstetric Patients.  Oral presentation at Piedmont Hospital’s obstetric practices grand rounds.  February 23, 2017.
  4. Chamberlain AT.   Maternal vaccination research at Emory University: And overview of selected domestic projects.  Oral presentation to Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.  March 16, 2017.
  5. Ellingson M and Chamberlain AT. Zika virus communication preferences of pregnant women. April 11, 2017. Poster presentation at the 2017 Annual Georgia Public Health Association Meeting and Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  6. Lehnert J., Ellingson M., Goryoka G., Kasturi R., Maier E., Chamberlain AT. From COT to POT: Considering the Utility of Provider Outreach Teams During Public Health Emergencies.  Poster Presentation.  2017 NACCHO Public Health Preparedness Summit.  April 2017, Atlanta, GA.
  7. Goryoka G.W., Kasturi R., Chamberlain A.T. A Different SORT of Help: Using Graduate Public Health Students During a Public Health Emergency.  Poster Presentation.  2017 NACCHO Public Health Preparedness Summit.  April 2017, Atlanta, GA.
  8. Chamberlain AT and Goryoka G.  Providing for the Providers: Proactive outreach to the providers of vulnerable populations during a public health emergency.  Sharing Session.  2017 NACCHO Annual Meeting.  Pittsburgh, PA.  July 12, 2017.

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