|Awarded On||November 16, 2016|
|Title||For Our Children: A tailored multi-level intervention for parents and healthcare providers to increase HPV vaccination rates|
|Award Mechanism||Individual Investigator Research Awards for Prevention and Early Detection|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Maria E Fernandez|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri, Head and Neck, Penis, Vagina, Vulva|
Infection with Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes a number of cancers including male and female genital cancers, anal cancer and cancers of the throat. Being vaccinated for HPV can reduce infection with HPV and death from HPV-associated cancers, but vaccination rates among fall below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80% completion. National data for Hispanic adolescents (aged 13-17) suggest 66.3% of females and 54.2% of males have initiated the 3-dose vaccine and only 49.6% of females and 27.8% of males completed the vaccine. Both parental and provider knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors impact adolescent HPV vaccination. Parents often have low knowledge about HPV and the vaccine, do not believ...