HPV Vaccine Environmental Scan

The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, housed at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, was awarded a one year grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to conduct an environmental scan of HPV-related activities in Wisconsin. The long-term goal of this work is to enhance collaborations to develop research and interventions to increase HPV vaccination uptake in primary care settings in Wisconsin. The HPV Vaccine Environmental Scan supports the implementation of the WI CCC Plan 2015-2020's Priority 4: Increase HPV vaccine completion. 

Key partners of the HPV Vaccine Environmental Scan include: WI Immunization Program, WI-AAP, UW Department of OB/GYN, UW Department of Pediatrics, UW Immunization Taskforce, Southern WI Immunization Taskforce, Pharmacy Society of WI, Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center and Unity Health Insurance.

HPV Vaccine Environmental Scan Methods include:

  1. Further examine vaccination data available through the WI Immunization Registry to identify any differences in vaccination rates by county, urban/rural residence, race/ethnicity and gender. Evaluate data to identify disparities in HPV vaccine utilization that may require targeted interventions and/or further research on how to close these gaps.
  2. Stakeholder Survey of WI HPV Vaccine Summit participants and relevant stakeholder organizations. Assess current local interventions to improve HPV vaccine rates and organizational capacity for future collaborative work, especially in primary care settings.
  3. Comprehensive assessment of current UW research on HPV, HPV-related cancers and the HPV vaccine. Identify opportunities for collaboration between UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) members, and research partnerships that could be built across UW with other key departments and UWCCC members.
  4. Quality improvement evaluation of the UW provider education series. Analyze data, which are currently being collected about education series participants’ attitudes, beliefs and behaviors about the HPV vaccine pre and post-test to assess whether the education series influenced provider practice.

Review of HPV Environmental Scan Webinar: As part of the WI CCC Plan Priority Webinar Series, a Review of the HPV Environmental Scan was presented on February 9, 2016 by Sarah Mroz, MPH, of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

Environmental Scan Report: The data collected through the four methods mentioned above will be synthesized and the results will be shared in an environmental scan report that will be used to develop locally appropriate research projects and interventions to improve HPV vaccination among Wisconsin adolescents.