CCIC to Participate in Regional Effort to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jul 01 2015

Aurora, Colo. – Beginning July 2015, the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) will join regional partners in the Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates across five counties in the Denver metropolitan area.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV is the most common sexually-transmitted virus in the U.S. There are more than 100 types of HPV, some of which can cause cancer. An estimated 14 million U.S. residents are infected each year and half are 15 to 24-years-old. HPV can be prevented by a vaccine. The vaccine is most effective when given to adolescents between 11 and 12 years of age, likely before exposure to HPV. Vaccine compliance rates among this age group in Denver and the surrounding areas were found to be low in 2013. 

The Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention will be a coordinated regional partnership led by Denver Public Health and funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. After forming the Alliance, the group aims to increase HPV vaccination rates in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties through three strategies:

  • Developing a sustainable, coordinated way to measure HPV vaccination rates and related health outcomes.
  • Implementing a provider toolkit to facilitate communication about HPV vaccination between providers and parents.
  • Launching a public information campaign to increase knowledge and demand for the HPV vaccine among parents/guardians of 11 to 12-year-olds. 

“We know the HPV vaccine prevents cancer and several other HPV-related diseases,” said Judith Shlay, MD, associate director of Denver Public Health and the grant’s primary investigator. “The Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention’s comprehensive approach has the power to prevent thousands from getting sick while also saving billions in healthcare costs.”

“The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition is thrilled to participate in this effort to increase HPV vaccine rates in Colorado through education and outreach to better protect Coloradans from HPV and HPV-related cancers,” added Stephanie Wasserman, MPH, executive director for the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition. The Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention will be led by a steering committee comprised of Denver Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health, Tri-County Health Department, the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, and the Children’s Outcomes Research program.


For more information on this project, contact Stephanie Wasserman at stephanie.wasserman@childrenscolorado.org or 720.777.3270.

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About the Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention
The Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention is a regional collaborative led by Denver Public Health to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates across five counties in the Denver metropolitan area. Members include Denver Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health, Tri-County Health Department, the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, and the Children’s Outcomes Research program. The project is funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Amendment 35 grant program to address cancer, childhood obesity, and tobacco use and exposure in and around the Denver metro area.


About the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition:
The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) is a statewide, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its mission is to strategically mobilize diverse partners and families to advance children’s health through immunizations. CCIC does not accept funding from vaccine manufacturers or distributors. To learn more, visit www.childrensimmunization.org and connect with CCIC on Facebook and Twitter.