|Awarded On||August 18, 2021|
|Title||Vaccinating medically underserved women against HPV: Expansion of clinical services to increase access|
|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|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri, HPV-related|
NEED: Uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been slow in the US, especially among young adults. Vaccination rates are particularly low among the low-income, predominately Hispanic population who receive care at the Regional Maternal Child Health Program (RMCHP) clinics administered by the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). These women desperately need improved access to this life-saving vaccine as their Hispanic ethnicity places them at higher risk of cervical cancer than other Texans (11.5/100,000 vs. 9.2/100,000 for all groups). Those residing in Cameron and Hidalgo counties near the US-Mexico border have even higher rates (12-13/100,000 respectively). Adults not vac...