Evaluation of an Intervention Providing HPV Vaccine in Schools

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Objectives: To conduct outcome and process evaluations of school-located HPV vaccination clinics in partnership with a local health department. Methods: Temporary clinics provided the HPV vaccine to middle school girls in Guilford County, North Carolina, in 2009-2010. Results: HPV vaccine initiation was higher among girls attending host schools than satellite schools (6% vs. 1%, OR = 6.56, CI = 3.99-10.78). Of the girls who initiated HPV vaccine, 80% received all 3 doses. Private insurance or federal programs paid for most vaccine doses. Conclusions: Lessons learned for creating more effective school-health department partnerships include focusing on host schools and delivering several vaccines to adolescents, not just HPV vaccine alone.

Keywords: HPV VACCINE; SCHOOLS; VACCINE CLINIC

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.38.1.10

Affiliations: 1: Guilford County Department of Public Health, Greensboro, NC, USA 2: Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA 3: Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA 4: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, College of Medicine, and Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA 5: Guilford HPV Campaign, Guilford County Department of Public Health, Greensboro, NC, USA 6: Department of Health Behavior, and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. ntb@unc.edu

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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