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 Latino 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 (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 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 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

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: New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Texas. Parents who visit VDS are educated on HPV and the importance of getting children between the ages of 11 and 17 vaccinated in order to prevent future cancers caused by HPV. In addition, this project evaluates the effect of a one-on-one education 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.    

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.