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What is the For Our Children program?

A multilevel evidence-based program aimed to increase HPV vaccination in pediatric populations. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health developed both programs with funding from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). On this website, you will find more information on how to use and access both programs.

For Our Children (Por Nuestros Hijos) is designed to educate Hispanic parents about the human papillomavirus (HPV), and motivate them to vaccinate their adolescent children aged 9 - 17. The program features bilingual resources (English/Spanish), which health professionals can use to educate parents about HPV, and address parental concerns about the HPV vaccine.

HPVCancerCoach is an educational tool that outlines best practices for recommending the HPV vaccine. This program will assist healthcare providers in making strong, high quality, and effective recommendations. Doing so will help clinics to increase HPV vaccination rates and protect ALL of the children in their care from HPV-related cancers.

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What is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus or HPV is a common virus that causes genital, oral and skin infections. There are more than 100 types of HPV.

Most HPV infections clear up on their own and do not cause any symptoms. However, when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like cancer and genital warts.

HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer, as well as some cancers of the anus, vagina, vulvapenis and oropharynx (back of the throat).

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Why is HPV vaccination important?

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Currently, about 79 million Americans are infected with HPV, and another 14 million become infected each year. Around 50% of new infections occur in people aged between 15 to 24 years.

Every year, about 31,000 Americans develop HPV-related cancers. Most of these cancers can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is routinely recommend for boys and girls aged 11 or 12 years, and can be started at age 9 years. The vaccine is available to young women through age 26 years and young men through age 21 years.

Although the HPV vaccine is safe and effective, vaccination rates in the United States remain low.

Parents usually decide if their child will get the HPV vaccine. Some parents may be interested in vaccination but still have questions about the HPV vaccine. A strong recommendation from a healthcare professional can persuade parents to vaccinate their child against HPV-related cancers.

For more information visit: HPV For Parents & Public or HPV for Healthcare Providers

Program Materials

Educational Resources for Parents

The resources below are designed to educate Hispanic parents about HPV and motivate them to vaccinate their adolescent children. To understand how to implement and use these resources, you can download our program manual which provides a step-by-step guide on how to deliver the For Our Children program (PNH).

PNH Tailored Interactive Multimedia Intervention (TIMI)

The TIMI is an interactive web-based application that provides parents with information about HPV, HPV-related cancers, and the HPV vaccine.

The TIMI follows the story of a mother as she decides to vaccinate her child against HPV. It uses video clips and presentations by a health professional to encourage parents to vaccinate their children. The TIMI tailors information based on parents answers to a series of questions about HPV and the vaccine. Click here to view the TIMI.

Fotonovela

The fotonovela is a printed brochure commonly used in Hispanic communities. It is similar to a comic book, using photographs and dialogue boxes to present information about HPV and HPV vaccination. It follows the same story as the TIMI and addresses common barriers to HPV vaccination.

Click on the links below to view the fotonovela:

- English: Boys and Girls

- Spanish: Boys and Girls

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Additional Resources for Parents

Resources for Healthcare Providers

The following resources are designed to aid healthcare providers in the process of recommending the HPV vaccine to parents of adolescent children.

HPVCancerCoach: Tailored Multilevel Interactive Application for Providers

The HPVCancerCoach app is an innovative cancer prevention training designed for healthcare providers. The app provides healthcare professionals the tools needed to provide a strong recommendation to patients. Provider training will cover effective communication, recommendation strategies and HPV epidemiology and vaccine information. You may access the app by clicking here.

Additional Resources

Below are additional resources for providers about communication strategies, HPV, HPV-related cancers, and the HPV vaccine

How to use this program

The For Our Children includes educational resources, which health professionals can use to educate Hispanic parents about HPV, and motivate them to vaccinate their adolescent children. 

This section provides a step-by-step guide on how to use the For Our Children program.

The first step is to identify who will deliver the program and what resources they will need. Use the checklist below to help plan program delivery:

  1. Identify staff (facilitators) to deliver the program. This could be community health workers, clinic staff or other health professionals.
  2. Identify a staff member to coordinate the program. This person will oversee program delivery and evaluation. 
  3. Identify a health educator to train staff how to use the program.
  4. Schedule a training session for staff.
  5. Allocate the resources needed to deliver the program (tablet, PC and internet access).
  6. Download training materials and print program resources.

See the Program Manual for more information on program delivery.

How to use this program

  • 1.Program planning

    The For Our Children includes educational resources, which health professionals can use to educate Hispanic parents about HPV, and motivate them to vaccinate their adolescent children. 

    This section provides a step-by-step guide on how to use the For Our Children program.

    The first step is to identify who will deliver the program and what resources they will need. Use the checklist below to help plan program delivery:

    1. Identify staff (facilitators) to deliver the program. This could be community health workers, clinic staff or other health professionals.
    2. Identify a staff member to coordinate the program. This person will oversee program delivery and evaluation. 
    3. Identify a health educator to train staff how to use the program.
    4. Schedule a training session for staff.
    5. Allocate the resources needed to deliver the program (tablet, PC and internet access).
    6. Download training materials and print program resources.

    See the Program Manual for more information on program delivery.

  • 2. Training staff

    Delivering the For Our Children program requires training. 

    A training package is available including a standardized presentation and script, as well as other training materials. 

    The training provides background information on HPV, HPV-related cancers and HPV vaccination. It also explains how to use program materials to educate parents.

    Staff (facilitators and program coordinators) should complete the training before delivering the program to parents. 

    Click here for more information on the training package.

  • 3. Educating parents

    This program is designed to educate Hispanic parents about HPV and motivate them to vaccinate their adolescent children.

    Facilitators (community health workers, clinic staff or other health professionals) are trained to deliver a single HPV education session to parents with adolescent children who have not started or completed the HPV vaccine series.

    The program includes two educational resources, which facilitators use to educate parents about HPV, and address any concerns about the HPV vaccine.

    Education sessions take approximately 30-40 minutes and can be delivered in clinical or community settings.

    Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to deliver an HPV education session to parents.

  • 4. Program evaluation

    Program evaluation is the systematic gathering, analysis and reporting of data about a program to assist in decision making. 

    Evaluating the For Our Children program will help monitor how well the program works in your community and identify areas for improvement.

    Tips on program evaluation can be found in the program manual.

Staff training

Before delivering the program, staff (facilitators and program coordinators) should complete the For Our Children training.

A training package is available for organizations interested in delivering the program. It provides background information on HPV vaccination and explains how to use program materials to educate parents.

The training is divided into two sections:

  • HPV knowledge: This section provides background information on HPV, HPV-related cancers, and the HPV vaccine. It also explores common parental concerns regarding HPV vaccination.
  • Communication skills: The section provides a step-by-step guide on how to deliver the program and builds the communication skills required to educate parents about HPV and the HPV vaccine.. 

The For Our Children training has been accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services for continuing education credits for Community Health Workers (4 hours).

Staff training

  • Training package

    Before delivering the program, staff (facilitators and program coordinators) should complete the For Our Children training.

    A training package is available for organizations interested in delivering the program. It provides background information on HPV vaccination and explains how to use program materials to educate parents.

    The training is divided into two sections:

    • HPV knowledge: This section provides background information on HPV, HPV-related cancers, and the HPV vaccine. It also explores common parental concerns regarding HPV vaccination.
    • Communication skills: The section provides a step-by-step guide on how to deliver the program and builds the communication skills required to educate parents about HPV and the HPV vaccine.. 

    The For Our Children training has been accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services for continuing education credits for Community Health Workers (4 hours).

  • How to deliver training

    1. Plan ahead

    • Appoint a health educator to deliver the training using the standardized slides and script.
      • You may also use the Training webinar recorded by UTHealth to deliver training.
    • Schedule a training session for staff delivering the program (approximately 4 hours).
    • Consider making training mandatory or offering incentives for attending (CEU credits, lunch and learn).

    2. Deliver training

    3. Evaluate training

    • At the end of the session, ask participants to complete the course evaluation.
    • Review feedback to assess how future training sessions can be improved.
    • If needed, adjust the training materials to meet organizational needs.
  • Training materials

    Click on the links below to download the training materials:

Testimonials

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“The [For Our Children] program helps promotoras learn about HPV and the HPV vaccine. It provides specific information about risk factors and diseases associated with the virus. Learning about this not only increased their knowledge but also made promotoras feel more comfortable when implementing cancer prevention programs.” 

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“This program helps eliminate the stigma behind the HPV vaccine and debunk a lot of the myths that go along with it. Especially among community health workers... for them being educated and taking information back to their own communities is satisfying because they are helping debunk myths and hopefully getting their communities vaccinated and healthier.” 

Want to learn more about our programs, trainings, educational materials, and social media toolkits?

Would like to collaborate with us or invite us to your clinic/event?

Contact our Program Coordinator, Ileska Valencia at ileska.m.valenciatorres@uth.tmc.edu for more information on our HPV prevention programs.

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This program was developed by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health with funding from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (PP160051; PI: Maria E. Fernández). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas.

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