|Awarded On||August 17, 2016|
|Title||Postpartum administration of HPV vaccine: Strategies to increase initiation and series completion among low income women across Southeast Texas|
|Award Mechanism||Competitive Continuation/Expansion - Evidence-Based Cancer Prevention Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Abbey Berenson|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri, Vagina, Vulva|
Widespread vaccination against HPV could markedly reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in southeast Texas. However, vaccination rates in this area remain low, demonstrating a need for effective interventions. Recent data suggest that only 18 percent of eligible women who delivered an infant at UTMB’s John Sealy Hospital (JSH) had received even 1 dose of the HPV vaccine. Thus, this population of women is less likely to have been vaccinated against HPV than women of similar age across Texas (of whom 27 percent have initiated the vaccine).
The low rate of HPV vaccination among JSH’s patients is especially troublesome for its large Hispanic population, as Hispanic women have almost twic...