We have an amazing tool to protect young people from most of the cancers caused by HPV, including cervical cancer. Let’s use the rest of January to raise awareness of all HPV cancers and HPV vaccination.CDC and several partner organizations have compiled a multitude of resources for the new
HPV Vaccination Partner Toolkit that can help you share the importance of HPV vaccination, help clinicians make effective recommendations, improve coverage rates, and provide you with places you can go to get more information and materials. Below are ways you can raise awareness this month and in the future.
Share Why HPV Vaccine is Important
1. Have Survivors Come to Speak
Having a survivor come speak to clinicians in the area can
make a big impact. The American Cancer Society has
developed a speaker database that will allow you to find
HPV cancer survivors in your area.
2. Share Survivor Videos
HPV cancer survivors have a unique and powerful story to tell.
Listen to these men and women talk about their experiences
important. These videos can be used to help parents and
clinicians understand the risks of HPV infection and why HPV
vaccination is so important.
3. Set up a viewing of Someone You Love
“Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” is a feature length
in-depth documentary narrated by Vanessa Williams on the
human papilloma virus (HPV) and the stories of
struggle, tragedy and triumph surrounding this complicated
and often misunderstood infection.
4. Discover the Link Between HPV and Cancer
Each year, about 38,793 new cases of cancer are found in
parts of the body where human papillomavirus (HPV) is often
found. HPV causes about 30,700 of these cancers. Get the
statistics around HPV and Cancer from CDC to better
understand the burden of HPV infection.
1. Share the Updated Clinician Factsheet
Our updated clinician tipsheet highlights the use of the
"bundled recommendation" and gives simple and effective
answers to the questions parents have about HPV vaccine.
2. Learn How to Give an Effective Recommendation
CDC has created multiple CME courses on the best ways to
give an HPV vaccine recommendation. Each course can be
used to get new insight on how to have the HPV vaccine
conversation with parents of 11-12 year olds and how to
answer their questions.
3. Watch Providers Giving Effective Recommendations
Minnesota Department of Health has created a 12-minute
video for health care providers on HPV vaccine
communication. The video begins with humorous vignettes
and then presents four model clinical encounters in which
providers demonstrate low-stress ways of recommending
HPV vaccine and answering questions from patients and
1. Know the Many Ways You Can Help
Get tips on what different types of groups can do to help
raise rates. This PDF includes suggestions like: sending
letters to parents of 9-12 year olds, hosting lunch and learns,
working with local cancer groups, reaching out to local
health systems, and more.
2. Understand your Rates
Access survey data collected by CDC and translate the data
into action. This data can help you identify where additional
efforts are needed to increase vaccination coverage.
3. Get Involved in Quality Improvement Projects
Quality improvement actions in your practice can lead to
increases in HPV vaccination coverage. Find out more about
the different types of quality improvement projects that are
available, including AFIX visits, reminder/recall, immunization
information systems, and more.
4. Participate in A Maintenance of Certification Project
Be a part of AAP's maintenance of certification program.
AAP's MOC site is designed to assist eligible AAP Member
pediatricians in developing, submitting, and managing a
MOC related activity.
1. CDC's HPV Partner Toolkit
This toolkit provides resources for state and local
organizations interested in enhancing HPV vaccination
efforts at the clinician, patient, and partnership level.
It includes all of CDC's resources for helping to promote
HPV vaccine and give links to partner information.
2. The American Cancer Soceity
The American Cancer Society has several HPV vaccination
rate improvement initiatives. The HPV VACs project
partners with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs),
state health departments, and other state-based entities to
increase HPV vaccination rates through improved clinician
education and systems change. The National HPV
Vaccination Roundtable, coordinated by the American
Cancer Society is a national coalition of over 70 national
organizations working together to prevent HPV cancer and
precancer by increasing and sustaining HPV vaccination
rates in the United States..
3. The AAP's HPV Champion Toolkit.
This toolkit from the American Academy of Pediatrics has
some of the best resources available to help you educate
other healthcare professionals, discuss HPV vaccination
with parents, and make necessary changes in your practice
to improve HPV vaccination rates.
4. Local Partners
Many organizations have local initiatives to increase HPV
vaccination rates. Use this page to find your state contacts,
as well as information on several partner projects dedicated
to preventing HPV cancers and diseases.