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RTIPs Meet Up with Rebecca Perkins about DOSE HPV: Development of Systems and Education for HPV Vaccination

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I am delighted my intervention, “DOSE HPV: Development of Systems and Education for HPV Vaccination” has been added to the RTIPs repository! I am including more information about the intervention below, and I would love to hear about the types of interventions other R2R members are using to increase HPV vaccination rates!


In the United States, approximately 79 million people are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV can lead to health complications including cancers of the cervix, tongue, tonsils, penis, vulva, and vagina; pre-cancerous lesions that require treatment; and genital warts. Each year, nearly 3 million men and women seek medical care related to HPV and more than 30,000 are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV. The most dangerous forms of HPV infection can be prevented by receiving the HPV vaccination series. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all adolescents receive the HPV vaccine series, which is approved for 9- to 26-year-olds. Because early vaccination is more effective, recommendations include initiating the series by age 12 and completing the series by age 13. Healthy People 2020 goals are to fully vaccinate 80% of boys and girls, because countries where this has been achieved have already documented decreases in rates of cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, and genital warts. Current vaccination rates in the United States are less than 80%, however, so interventions are needed to increase HPV vaccination among adolescents and young adults to protect them from diseases and cancers caused by HPV.


DOSE HPV: Development of Systems and Education for HPV Vaccination is a multi-component intervention that educates the medical providers of adolescents and young adults about HPV, the HPV vaccine, and communicating with parents about the importance of the vaccine with the aim of increasing HPV vaccination rates. The intervention combines standardized HPV education, training in a focused motivational interviewing technique, and quality improvement techniques to improve clinician-parent communication about the vaccine and decrease missed opportunities for vaccination. 


researchers and practitioners

researchers and practitioners working with medical providers might be particularly interested in this new funding opportunity announcement, "Environmental Scan of Immunization Education". (Deadline: May 24,2017)

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just announced the availability of funds to assess effective teaching methods including current and effective technologies used at US medical schools with the goal of improving the TIME modules and advancing immunization teaching of future physicians.


Applicants must include a description of the strategies for each proposed activity including the following required elements: 

1) Conduct a literature review focused on effective teaching methodologies and technologies used in medical schools.

2) Examination of American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) reports and data. 


Medical and clinical health professions institutions of higher education who are institutional members of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research at the time of award. APTR Membership is not required to apply, however, at the time of award, an institutional member is required throughout the project grant period. The awardee should have no financial interests or other substantial relationships with vaccine manufacturing companies.  

To learn more about the funding opportunity visit:

Followers of this discussion

Followers of this discussion may be interested in an article, "Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Uptake: Increase for American Indian Adolescents, 2013–2015" published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

This study found that a low-cost, targeted, multipronged approach to addressing vaccine delivery, provider and patient education, and data completeness may increase HPV vaccine coverage. Interventions included analyzing and providing feedback on facility vaccine coverage data, educating providers about HPV vaccine, expanding access to HPV vaccine, and establishing or expanding reminder recall and education efforts.

I found the article to be reassuring - as it adds to the growing body of evidence that healthcare facilities are successfully implementing numerous evidenced-based, relatively low-cost interventions. Hopefully many of you and your colleagues will also appreciate the role of "proactive health care providers" - similar to what Dr Perkins noted above,