HPV Education

Beginning her fourth year in a national effort to raise HPV immunization rates through provider education, Joy Taylor of AHEC West has been named one of four Project Specialists to oversee the nationwide campaign being coordinated by the National AHEC Organization (NAO).

The NAO received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a project to provide education to health professionals regarding the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Through this cooperative agreement, NAO will strengthen HPV vaccination recommendations and elevate awareness on HPV vaccinations and their role in cancer prevention.

For the past three years Joy served as one of 10 HPV Regional Project Coordinators selected to provide connections to groups and organizations, support the usage of materials, and promote promising practices for state entities to provide training to health professionals. She oversaw HPV initiatives in Region B which included Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Under Joy’s guidance Region B State Entities:

  • Conducted 28 HPV training events resulting in 1182 health professionals trained
  • Disseminated 13,789 HPV educational materials
  • Posted 91 HPV educational messages to social media
  • Established 633 new and/or enhanced partnerships
  • Located 234 environmental resources to assist in this project

Now in its fourth year, the NAO HPV project has evolved to include greater emphasis on individual state activities, building partnerships and integrations with other grantees, cancer prevention partners and immunization agencies within each state to more effectively increase HPV immunization rates. Besides partnerships, key focus areas continue to be information dissemination and continuing education. Joy’s new position as one of four national Project Specialists involves guiding, assisting and supporting all continuing education efforts by State Entities participating in the NAO HPV Immunization Project.
She is enthusiastic about her new job, and the prospect of driving up HPV immunization rates. “It’s exciting,” Joy said. “I’m really excited about this project and the opportunity to help AHECs across the country with their HPV immunization training goals. It is especially valuable to me to be a part of such an important and timely cancer-prevention campaign.”

NAO Objectives

  1. Provide clinician outreach and training.
  2. Disseminate educational materials.
  3. Increase and form strong partnerships.
  4. Push prioritization of HPV vaccination efforts to promote cancer prevention and bolster the number of HPV vaccinations administered in the region.


Anticipated Results

  1. The creation of state and national HPV needs assessment and inventory resource books.
  2. Increased awareness among clinicians of available HPV vaccine information, resources, and tools.
  3. Increased clinician education, awareness, and partnerships that strengthen and leverage efforts to increase HPV vaccination rates.
  4. Decreased number of parents who report their child’s provider did not recommend HPV vaccination.
  5. Increased HPV vaccination rates overall.


Success Stories

AHEC West Partners with What’s New in Western Maryland Conference to Present “You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” session on March 16, 2016. Click here to read more.

Do you work with health professionals looking for continuing education?

Consider placing these National Training Center trainings in your newsletter or e-mailing your preceptors and partners.
With credit
“You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” self-study guide through Postgraduate Institute of Medicine’s CME University. It offers 1.5 ACCME credit hours for physicians; 1.4 ANCC contact hours for nurses; and 1.4 ACPE contact hours for pharmacists and is available through the end of the year. Link to self-study guide activity

Without credit, but still excellent training
“Countering HPV Vaccination Opposition” archived webinar presented by George Washington University. Link to archived webinar registration

“Using Social Media to Reach Healthcare Providers” archived webinar presented by George Washington University. (Perfect for partner groups!) Link to archived webinar registration

“You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” archived webinar presented by CDC’s Dr. Robin Curtis. Link to archived webinar registration

For more information, contact Joy Taylor at 301-777-9150, x-141, or jtaylor@ahecwest.org.


National AHEC Organization HPV Project educational webinars are available on demand. Registration is required by clicking on the title. Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent to you with log-in instructions. Continuing education credits do not apply to these archived webinars and all last roughly one hour. The intended audience is practicing health professionals but may also be appropriate for office staff and others interested in HPV vaccination. To access the webinars CLICK HERE.