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The National AHEC Organization created a National Training Center (NTC) that received a 5-year cooperative agreement grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) beginning September 30, 2014, to develop and provide Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)-related training sessions to clinicians nationally. In addition to national and regional level efforts, existing state and local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) organizations conduct the HPV outreach and education activities in order to increase awareness of the prevalence of HPV infections, associated cancers, and the CDC recommendations to administer the HPV vaccinations to 11 and 12 year old males and females as well as “catch-up” vaccinations for adolescents and young adults.

The NAO project proposes to increase HPV vaccination rates by delivering primary care clinician training programs and by disseminating education materials on a national scale utilizing the national Area Health Education Center Network. The strategies for the NAO project are:

  1. Plan, execute and monitor Project activities ensuring that performance measures and key milestones are met,
  2. Deliver standardized and customized “You are the Key’ training programs as well as supplemental educational materials targeting health care providers and health professions students,
  3. Expand Project reach by developing and refining HPV-related educational materials and disseminating the products to a broader audience of health care providers and students, and,
  4. Influence national efforts related to increasing HPV vaccination rates by forming strong partnerships with relevant professional organizations and by collaborating with state and national entities to push HPV-related initiatives.

HPV Training Objectives

  1. Describe the burden of HPV disease.
  2. Define the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention and the rationale for vaccinating at ages 11 or 12.
  3. List the recommendations for HPV vaccine for girls and for boys.
  4. Provide useful and compelling information about HPV vaccine to parents to aid in making the decision to vaccinate.
  5. Locate resources relevant to current immunization practice.

The primary purpose of the NAO HPV Immunization Project evaluation is to document the activities supported by the CDC grant, measure the impact of the activities, and disseminate the results to key stakeholders. This includes assessing the training objectives and determining the impact of the training on providers’ practices and HPV immunization rates. The evaluation results are used to provide continuous project quality improvement to improve the effectiveness of the strategies and activities conducted during each grant year by NAO, the project specialists, and state AHEC entities.

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  • Regional Coordinator
  • Resource Guide
  • State AHEC
    • AHEC entities are contracted to carry out state and local HPV project training and other project activities. Leadership is provided by NAO and four project specialists work closely with each state AHEC entity to develop and maintain contact with immunization organizations and other partners, to integrate the HPV project activities into their current AHEC activities, to provide continuing education on HPV immunization to primary care providers, and to market the trainings and distribute promotional messages.
    • CE Planning Materials

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