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Regional Coordinator Information

New Mexico
Maria Ward
The University of New Mexico AHEC
(505) 272-9761
Oklahoma
Mary Beth Warren
University of Kansas Medical Center’s AHEC
(620) 235-4040
Texas
Mark Scott
Texas AHEC East-Piney Woods Region
(936) 468-6916

Success Stories

Grand Rounds Generates Interest On HPV Vaccination in Gallup, New Mexico

A collaborative effort between Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services and NM Immunization Organization resulted in a successful gathering for physicians and medical staff in August in Gallup, N.M. Dr. Lance Chilton, Pediatrician and Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico, presented the audience with information on the prevalence of cancers caused by HPV per year in the United States as well as the HPV vaccine recommendations for girls and boys. Following the presentation, 76 percent of providers reported that as a result of the information received, they would make at least one change to improve patient care in regards to HPV vaccination. In addition, some medical providers expressed appreciation for “common sense approval in the era of anti-vaccine movement.”

The Area Health Education Center located in the Office for Community Health at the University of New Mexico is a proud member of the NAO HPV project and is committed to educating communities throughout the State of New Mexico. Under the leadership of Maria Ward, this initiative will provide education, valuable information and resources for primary care providers and others throughout the state.

For more information on this event or the NAO HPV Immunization Project, contact Julie Bazan, Regional Coordinator (956)712-0037 or jbazan@ntc.nationalahec.org. For more information on educational opportunities in New Mexico, contact Maria Ward at (505)272-9761 or Mward03@salud.unm.edu.


Oklahoma Promotes HPV Vaccine at Annual Scientific Assembly

Each year, the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians offers their annual scientific assembly in an effort to provide continuing medical education (CME) to primary care physicians.  This year’s scientific assembly took place June 16. A total of 55 physicians and one nurse practitioner received information on the HPV vaccine.

The purpose of scientific assembly event is to promote awareness and enhance education on various types of diseases and offer new and current treatment options as well as preventive methods that can help to provide improved patient care in the community. Topics presented included Updates on Contraception, New Genetic Testing Pregnancy, HPV Vaccine, Patient-Centered Medicine, Telemedicine and others.

The collaborative efforts offered by Kansas AHEC’s Mary Beth Warren resulted in the education of more than 55 primary care providers on the importance of the HPV Vaccine. Dr. Melinda Wharton, TITLE, presented “HPV Vaccine: Why We Must & How We Can Do Better.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, HPV infection affects men and women and has been known to cause various types of cancer including oral, anal, vulvar, vaginal and penile cancers. HPV infection is widespread in the United States and HPV vaccine rates are minimal. According to a recent study conducted on US Assessment of HPV Types in Cancers (Saraiya, Unger, Thompson, Lynch, et al 2015), 81 percent of new cases of cervical cancer could be prevented by HPV vaccination. The study also noted that ethnic minorities and low income status are factors that impact awareness and prevention of HPV-related cancers. Through the Kansas AHEC, efforts to educate Oklahoma health professionals on the HPV vaccine are ongoing.

For more information on this activity or upcoming events in support of the NAO HPV Immunization Project in Oklahoma, contact Mary Beth Warren at 620-235- 4040 or mwarren2@kumc.edu or Julie Bazan, Regional Coordinator at (956)712-0037 or jbazan@ntc.nationalahec.org.


HPV Immunization Education and Training Efforts Continue in Texas

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is recognized as protection from most of the cancers caused by human papillomavirus infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this infection is a very common virus that can be transferred between individuals and it occurs when sexual contact occurs. The CDC also reports that every year, almost 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV. The HPV vaccination can prevent many types of cancers. However, in Texas, 43.8 percent of girls are unvaccinated against HPV, 13-17 years (2013 NIS) and 65.9 percent of boys are unvaccinated against HPV, 13-17 years (2013 NIS). HPV vaccination is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

In its effort to continue to emphasize the importance of the HPV vaccine and increase HPV immunization rates, Texas AHEC East-Piney Woods Region is determined to inform and educate the communities throughout the State of Texas. Upcoming events and activities are the result of newly established partnerships which will benefit more than 111 counties in the Texas AHEC East Region. Upcoming activities include:

  • A webinar will be hosted in each of the 111 counties in the East Texas region -- “You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” webinar
  • A live presentation is scheduled for June 10, 2016 in Laredo, Texas during the Binational Health Conference. More than one hundred health providers from the United States and Mexico are expected.
  • Dissemination of educational materials and information to Department of State Health and Human Services physician conferences, including the link to the “You Are the Key to HPV Prevention webinar. More than 500 providers are expected to receive this information and will be invited to take part in the webinar.
  • Distribution of brochures and webinar information to hospitals and clinics throughout the entire Texas region is being planned for the near future.

Texas AHEC East-Piney Woods Region has successfully secured continuing education hours to be made available for participants that choose either live presentations and/or webinars. For more information on these upcoming activities or events in support of the NAO HPV Immunization Project, contact Julie Bazan, Regional Coordinator (956) 712-0037 or jbazan@ntc.nationalahec.org


Las Cruces Providers Learn about HPV Vaccine Recommendations

The Area Health Education Center located in the Office for Community Health at the University of New Mexico is a proud member of the NAO HPV project and is committed to educating communities throughout the State of New Mexico. Under the leadership of Maria Ward, this initiative will provide education, valuable information and resources for primary care providers and others throughout the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year about 17,600 women and 9,300 men are affected by cancers caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). These cases can be reduced through immunizations and education is key to ensuring that immunizations are administered as recommended.

Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was the place for excitement and learning opportunities for nearly 40 medical providers on March 2. Dr. Lance Chilton offered a Grand Rounds presentation on the importance of HPV vaccine recommendation. His presentation to physicians and healthcare personnel included an interactive role-play session. In this session, Dr. Chilton played the role of a reluctant parent with one of the residents taking on the role of a counseling physician. Dr. Chilton is a retired Albuquerque-based pediatrician and long-time advocate for children’s immunizations. He has served on the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, and writes a weekly pediatrics column for the Albuquerque Journal. His commitment to family medicine and good health practices make him an advocate for teaching other providers ways to be a key to HPV cancer prevention.

The event was well received and those present were able to secure continuing education credits for their participation. Attendees included 40 family physicians, family practices residents, nurses, and others, including one pediatrician.

For more information on this event or the NAO HPV Immunization Project, contact Julie Bazan, Regional Coordinator at (956) 712-0037 or jbazan@ntc.nationalahec.org. To learn more about HPV training opportunities in New Mexico contact Maria Ward at (505)272-9761 or Mward03@salud.unm.edu.

For more information, visit the University of New Mexico’s Immunization Coalition webpage: http://hsc.unm.edu/programs/nmimmunization/


HPV Immunization Presentation Receives High Marks from Tri-County Health Providers in Texas

According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year approximately 17,600 women and 9,300 men are affected by cancers caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). These cases can be reduced through immunization. The HPV vaccination can prevent many types of cancers. However, in Texas, 43.8 of girls are unvaccinated against HPV, 13-17 years (2013 NIS) and 65.9 percent of boys are unvaccinated against HPV, 13-17 years (2013 NIS).

The key to helping increase HPV immunization rates is to inform and educate the communities. In an effort to help educate health care providers about the importance of the vaccine and ensure that information is delivered to parents of youth between 13-17 years of age during their doctor’s visit, the Texas AHEC East Piney Woods Region is a proud member of the NAO HPV project and is committed to educating communities throughout the State of Texas. This Texas initiative is under the leadership of Director Mark Scott.

Since the summer of 2015, Texas AHEC East Piney Woods Region has offered several continuing education programs in various cities throughout the state. Their goal is to empower health care providers with factual information that can facilitate the promotion of the HPV vaccine to prevent various types of cancers. Activities via webinar and live presentations have been well received in the various communities and the response from those attending the events, has been extremely positive.

One of several continuing education activities is the live presentation offered on October 24, 2015 to health care providers from Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg Counties during the 31st Annual Update in Medicine Conference held in Laredo, Texas. The program was attended by physicians, nurses, social workers and allied health professionals. Continuing education hours were made available for physicians, nurses and social workers. Faculty members Ms. Laura Logan, MSN, RN, CCRN and Veronica Sjolander, MSN, RN, SANE-A from Stephen F. Austin State University co-presented the You’re the Key: HPV Cancer Prevention presentation. A total of 135 conference participants from Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg counties attended the live presentation. Participant evaluations revealed that the information presented to the audience by Ms. Logan and Ms. Sjolander was very well received. The majority of those present expressed an improved knowledge about HPV immunization and its positive impact on the health of men and women. The presentation also sparked further discussion amongst the providers and some asked for a follow up presentation with more time for questions and answers.

Texas AHEC East Piney Woods Region acknowledges the importance of issues related to the low HPV immunization rates and has committed to being the lead agency for educating communities in Texas. Their efforts have resulted in the successful creation of partnerships with AHEC centers across the state, health care sites, clinics and community organizations to help disseminate the HPV immunization information.  In addition, their utilization of social media promotes their website as an HPV immunization portal to share current information and links to various HPV immunization resources.  Texas AHEC East Piney Woods Region is providing the foundation for improved education on the HPV vaccine in the communities.

For more information on this event or the NAO HPV Immunization Project, contact Julie Bazan, Regional Coordinator (956)712-0037 jbazan@ntc.nationalahec.org



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