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Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2019;15(7-8):1527-1532. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2018.1553475. Epub 2019 Jan 4.

Policy opportunities to increase HPV vaccination in rural communities.

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1
a Department of Health, Behavior & Society, University of Kentucky College of Public Health , Lexington , KY , USA.
2
b Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health , Columbia , SC , USA.

Abstract

Rural communities experience health disparities, including elevated incidence and mortality of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers and correspondingly low HPV vaccination rates. There are numerous policy strategies that are available at multiple levels - patient, provider, clinic, community, state, and national - to address geographic, clinical, and communication barriers to HPV vaccination across rural America. Examples include policy development, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare provider and clinic-based assessment and education initiatives; school entry requirements; school, pharmacy, and community-based vaccination programs; evidence-based, community-driven communication efforts; and increased interventional research in rural communities. Strategically implemented policy measures will contribute to reduction in the incidence and mortality from HPV-related cancers through increased access to HPV vaccination in our rural communities.

KEYWORDS:

Cancer prevention; HPV vaccination; public health policy; rural; vaccination

PMID:
30608894
PMCID:
PMC6746481
[Available on 2020-01-04]
DOI:
10.1080/21645515.2018.1553475

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