|Awarded On||August 24, 2018|
|Title||Vaccinating medically underserved women against HPV|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Abbey Berenson|
In spite of its ability to prevent cancer and strong recommendations for vaccination from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the HPV vaccine remains underutilized in the US. Only 65 percent of girls 13-17 years old have initiated the vaccine series and completion rates are even lower. Among 19–26 year olds, only 42 percent of women have initiated the vaccine series.
Vaccination rates are much lower among women receiving care at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s gynecology clinics in McAllen and Galveston, Texas (Hidalgo and Galveston Counties). A medical records review indicates that an average of only 18 percent of eligible young women attending these clinics have ...