|Awarded On||February 21, 2019|
|Title||Partnering with schools and clinics to expand a highly successful HPV vaccination program for 9-17 year olds from Medically Underserved Areas|
|Award Mechanism||Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Abbey Berenson|
Our highly successful HPV vaccination program has vaccinated 2,473 boys and girls seen in 3 pediatric clinics; an impressive 99% of these adolescents completed the series, well surpassing national averages. However, the original project included adolescents from only 2 counties even though UTMB clinics serve patients from 25 counties.
Our baseline data found that 76% of age-eligible adolescents from the 23 counties not included in the original project have not yet initiated the series, although many families are willing to do so. Lack of knowledge, poor access, lack of provider recommendation, and cost all contribute to these extremely low vaccination rates. These barriers must be addr...