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Human Papilloma Virus Study

Engaging Communities in the Prevention of HPV-related Cancers

Principal Investigator: Matthew Simpson

Funding source: Supported by ACS IRG #16-184-56 from the American Cancer Society 


Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is responsible for numerous cancers, and each year over 30,000 people are diagnosed with a cancer from HPV. Since 2006, there has been an FDA-approved vaccine designed to prevent HPV infection. The HPV vaccine is known to be effective in preventing cancers caused by HPV. However, despite the availability of this vaccine, we know that vaccination rates remains low. Boot Camp Translation is an evidence-based community engagement method that focuses on translating medical evidence into ideas and messages that resonate within local communities. For this project, we used Boot Camp Translation in partnership with parents, adolescents, and health advocates in our communities to design messages and materials to improve HPV vaccination rates.

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