|Awarded On||November 19, 2015|
|Title||Using Best Practices to Promote HPV vaccination in Rural Primary Care Settings|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Deborah Parra-Medina|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri, Head and Neck, Penis|
The HPV vaccination offers a potentially powerful primary prevention strategy to decrease the incidence of cervical cancer. However, the HPV vaccination initiation and series completion rates among Texas adolescents remain extremely low. In 2013, only 39% of Texas girls aged 13-17 and 15% of boys aged 13-17 completed the HPV vaccine three dose series. This falls well short of the Texas Cancer Plan target of 50%.
We will initially conduct formative assessments to identify and understand factors that influence HPV vaccine practices of health care providers and HPV vaccine coverage in six South Texas Rural Health Services clinics that serve residents from four me...