Strategies for Recommending HPV Vaccination for Pre-teen Youth

Originally presented on June 21, 2018

Kristin Oliver, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine & Public Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

To prevent cervical cancer and other cancers associated with human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, the standard of care is to give HPV vaccine to children at age 11 or 12 years. However, uptake of HPV vaccine in New York State is sub-optimal, and providers express challenges in communicating about HPV vaccine to youth and their parents. A variety of factors contributes to hesitancy among parents to vaccinate their children. Evidence shows that providing a strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine increases its uptake. Effectively addressing the specific factors that contribute to this hesitancy and hinder clear communication of the latest information about vaccine efficacy and safety may help increase the acceptance of HPV vaccine among parents and their pre-adolescents. This webcast will consider the use of motivational interviewing and other communication strategies to help providers explore these factors with their clients and will offer concrete strategies providers can use in communicating about HPV vaccination.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on concrete communication strategies providers can use to effectively communicate information about HPV vaccine to increase vaccine uptake for pre-teens. 

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least two reasons why HPV vaccination rates are sub-optimal;
  • Identify communication approaches that elicit and address concerns about the HPV vaccine; and
  • Name at least two strategies to increase HPV vaccine uptake among hesitant youth and parents.

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other medical providers who counsel adolescents/pre-adolescents and their parents about vaccinations.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

Dr. Manika Suryadevara has disclosed that she has research (unrelated to this topic) supported by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

All other planners, moderator, and presenters have disclosed no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until July 31, 2023.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until July 31, 2023.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until July 31, 2023.

Certified in Public Health

This event is sponsored by School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.   

This offering is approved for 1.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credit.

Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits are offered until July 31, 2023.