|Awarded On||February 19, 2020|
|Title||Maximizing opportunities for HPV vaccination in medically underserved counties of Southeast Texas|
|Award Mechanism||Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Abbey Berenson|
NEED: Many people living in east Texas near the Louisiana border are medically underserved and at great risk for cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers. Most of the counties in this region are federally designated Medically Underserved Areas and rural. Moreover, a large percentage of residents are impoverished and underinsured. Our records indicate that patients receiving care at 2 University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) clinics in this region are at increased risk of cervical cancer, but have low rates of HPV vaccine uptake. In fact, only 38 percent of all age-eligible patients seen in these clinics have received one or more doses. These patients face many barriers to cancer preve...