The Oregon HPV Prevention Alliance is a community of organizations and individuals dedicated to preventing HPV and HPV-related cancers by increasing HPV immunization rates in Oregon.
Oregonians are free to live healthy, productive lives without the burden of preventable HPV cancers
We are a community of organizations and individuals dedicated to preventing HPV and HPV-related cancers by increasing HPV immunization rates in Oregon. Membership is open to any stakeholder who supports and upholds this mission.
February 5th, 2020
The first meeting of the Oregon HPV Prevention Alliance. This time will be dedicated to collaboration, partnership building, and discussion
Our goals for this meeting include:
Networking and relationship building
Sharing information and finding opportunities for members to support each other
Discussing and developing strategic plans for workgroups
Formal nomination and election of leadership (the Alliance is currently governed by a volunteer leadership team)
Documents & Slides
HPV Alliance Guidelines (Discussed and refined during meeting, but not formally adopted yet)
HPV PREVENTION ALLIANCE
Utilizing The Community Guide model to launch HPV Prevention Alliance initiatives, attendees divided into three task force groups during the kick-off meeting to brainstorm activities aimed at improving HPV Immunization rates across the state. Leaders from each task force are currently organizing opportunities for team members to collaborate and advance activities.
If you are interested in joining a task force, please contact the HPV Prevention Alliance Chair, Jenica Palmer (email@example.com) for more information!
INCREASING COMMUNITY DEMAND
Programs and systems that encourage people to get vaccinated can increase coverage.
► Notifying people when they are due or late for a vaccination can remind them to follow through. These reminders and recalls can work in a range of settings, from individual health care centers to entire communities.
► Providing people with incentives such as food vouchers, gift cards, and other prizes for keeping up with their
vaccinations can also boost rates.
► Laws and policies that require vaccinations as a prerequisite for attending child care, school, or college can increase coverage and reduce vaccine-preventable diseases in the community
PROVIDER- OR SYSTEMS-
Putting systems, tools, or protocols in place in healthcare settings can improve vaccination rates. These may be particularly effective when combined with other vaccination interventions. Strong evidence supports the following healthcare-based interventions:
► Establishing computerized immunization information systems for tracking vaccinations.
► Evaluating providers’ vaccination records and giving feedback on their performance.
► Using chart notes, computerized alerts, checklists, or other tools to remind providers when patients are due for vaccinations.
► Establishing standing orders or policies that allow nonphysician personnel to administer vaccines.
Interventions that make it easier for people to get vaccinated can increase rates. Interventions that have proven successful include the following:
► Reducing out-of-pocket costs by paying for vaccinations, providing insurance coverage, or reducing copayments.
► Providing vaccinations in schools and organized child care centers.
► Coordinated vaccination interventions in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) settings, where assessment of children’s immunization status and referral to a vaccination provider was combined with additional interventions or provision of vaccinations on-site.
► Home visits can also increase vaccination rates, but may be expensive and labor-intensive.
Interventions with oral health practitioners to encourage them to strongly and clearly recommend HPV vaccination to all age-eligible patients. These professionals play a critical role in combating growing rates of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers, which affect the tonsils and base of the tongue.
►Familiarizing dental professionals on their unique role in HPV cancer prevention.
►Delivering continuing education to dental professionals on how to talk to patients and parents about the link between HPV and oropharyngeal cancers, and advocate for HPV vaccination.
►Encouraging oral health professionals to refer patients for vaccinations.
►Assisting and supporting implementation of dental vaccination throughout Oregon, with a particular focus on the HPV vaccine.