|Awarded On||August 17, 2016|
|Title||Promoting HPV vaccination among Hispanic adolescents and young adults using Health Care System-Based Interventions and Community Outreach|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Daisy Morales-Campos|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri|
Hispanic women in Hidalgo County have higher cervical cancer incidence (12 vs. 10/100,000) and mortality (4 vs. 3/100,000) rates compared to Hispanic women nationally. These disparities can be attributed to the underuse of cancer screening services, possibly due to cultural/linguistic barriers, low socioeconomic status, and illegal immigrant status.
Prevention of cervical cancer is possible through the use of the HPV vaccine, which protects against two strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) (16, 18) that cause 66% of cervical cancer cases. The vaccine is recommended for women (18-26), men (18-21), and girls/boys (11-17), but uptake of the HPV vaccine is low for Hispanic adolescents and ...