Using Education to Increase HPV Vaccination

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The IHCD Service seeks to reduce the burden of cancers related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) and develop successful methods to reduce health disparities in the Mexican American population.

Our Services

Mexican Americans are one of the fastest growing minority groups in the United States. The rate of vaccination among Mexican Americans is well below the US Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 initiative’s completion rate of 80 percent. The IHCD Service partners with the organization Ventanilla de Salud (the VDS), whose name translates in English to “health window,” at the Mexican consulate. This collaboration between government and private organizations aims to eliminate barriers to healthcare in New York City’s growing Mexican American community. At the VDS, families are provided with education on HPV and the HPV vaccine. In addition, we support families by referring parents to services that can help them get their child an appointment for the HPV vaccination. Along with the VDS, the IHCD Service hopes to:

  • increase knowledge about HPV, the HPV vaccine, and HPV’s relationship to cancer in the Mexican American community
  • increase positive attitudes and beliefs about the HPV vaccine
  • encourage parents to request the vaccine for their children
  • understand the role social media plays in vaccination hesitancy

Our Research

Edtech-HPV: A Community Approach Using Education and Technology to Increase HPV Vaccination

Edtech-HPV is a community-based education program active in four VDS locations across the United States: New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Texas. Parents who visit their local VDS are educated on HPV and the importance of getting their children between the ages of 11 and 17 vaccinated to prevent future cancers caused by HPV. In addition, this project evaluates the effect of a one-on-one educational session, with and without a text-messaging reminder system, in increasing the rate of HPV vaccination completion among children of Mexican Americans.

This project has the potential to significantly reduce the burden of HPV-related cancers, and may lead to the development of models which successfully reduce health disparities among Latinos.    

Understanding the Effect of Social Media Vaccine Misinformation on HPV Vaccine Hesitancy

In continuing efforts to increase HPV vaccination amongst the Mexican American community, this exempt mixed-method study will recruit parents and providers to assess the extent to which antivaccination campaigns against HPV vaccination impacts the parents’ decision to seek or refuse the HPV vaccine. In addition, we will capture the barriers social media imposes on providers to recommend the HPV vaccine to parents and adolescents.

This project will provide the information to design and propose tailored approaches to reduce the impact of misinformation in social media on HPV vaccine adherence.

Contact Us

For more information about these HPV programs, contact Abraham Aragones at aragonea@mskcc.org.

For more information about the IHCD Service’s research, contact Carolina Zamore at herrerac@mskcc.org.