Unique, Free HPV Training Opportunity for Metro Providers

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nov 29 2017

Did you know that every year more than 30,700 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV? That’s about one new case every 20 minutes! As a health care provider, research has shown that your recommendation for the HPV vaccine is one of the most important factors to help prevent HPV-related cancer.

The Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention is offering free 1-2 hour HPV education sessions to any interested providers across Denver-metro. These trainings will be led by an expert nurse at a location and time convenient to you and your clinic. Food will be provided, as well as free communications materials. You may also request access to your practice’s vaccination rates. Personalized training options include:

  • HPV 101- Provides attendees with the latest information on the burden of HPV, information on the NEW HPV vaccination guidelines, and how to provide a strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine.
  • Motivational Interviewing- Provides attendees with the skills to counsel vaccine hesitant parents or patients.

If interested in scheduling a training, please contact Nicole Steffens, HPV Program Coordinator: 303-602-7262 or nicole.steffens@dhha.org.

In the meantime, make sure to let parents know the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention! Here are some quick facts you can share:

  • HPV infection can cause several types of cancers in women and men, including cervical, penile, anal, oral, and throat cancers.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends both boys and girls begin the vaccine series at age 11-12 years because it gives more protection against HPV infection when given at this age.
  • If HPV vaccination begins before age 15, then children only need two shots (not three) to complete the series.

The Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention is a collaborative partnership between your local health departments, University of Colorado researchers, and immunization advocacy groups.