Time to Vaccinate
Es tiempo de vacunarte! It’s time to get vaccinated!
This is a multicomponent evidence-based program designed to reduce cervical cancer burden among a predominantly Hispanic, low-income population in El Paso County. This program is a community program led by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, in collaboration with community-based organizations.
Key program components are: 1.) Outreach and community- based recruitment to primarily reach individuals with access to care barriers, 2.) evidence-based educational intervention that is based on behavioral health theory and tailored to our community, 3.) navigation services provided by a bilingual navigator to match people with health care services, 4.) physician education and incorporation of prompts to remind physicians to recommend the vaccine, 5.) provision of no-cost HPV vaccine, 6) A thorough evaluation of process and outcomes to facilitate replication. Increasing community awareness and knowledge of HPV vaccine as a means to prevent cervical cancer, increasing providers recommendation of the vaccine and providing no-cost vaccine to those who otherwise would not have access to it will impact the community at large by reducing the burden of HPV infection in the community thereby reducing incident cervical cancer in the area.
The vaccine is 70 percent effective in protecting girls, teens and women ages 9 to 26 in preventing vaginal cancers.