Grant ID PP180012
Awarded On August 24, 2018
Title Vaccinating medically underserved women against HPV
Program Prevention
Award Mechanism Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services
Institution/Organization The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Principal Investigator/Program Director Abbey Berenson
Cancer Sites HPV-related
Contracted Amount $1,344,926
Lay Summary

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 ...

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