|Awarded On||February 19, 2020|
|Title||Expanding "All for Them": A comprehensive school-based approach to increase HPV vaccination through public schools|
|Award Mechanism||Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Paula Cuccaro|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri, Head and Neck, HPV-related, Vagina, Vulva|
Need: The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can protect youth from acquiring nine types of HPV that cause cervical, oropharyngeal, anal, vaginal, vulvar, and penile cancers, in additional to genital warts. Texas HPV vaccine completion rates are steadily improving. Although 2018 series completion rates for the City of Houston (50.9%) and Tarrant County (45.9%) are higher than the series completion rate for Texas (39.7%), these HPV vaccination rates are still well below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80% completion. Completion rates in the project target populations are even lower, at 15.6% or less. Barriers to HPV vaccination include no provider recommendation, vaccine safety or efficacy co...