What is the For Our Children parent education program?
For Our Children (Por Nuestros Hijos) is designed to educate parents of children and adolescents about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and motivate them to vaccinate their 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.
The program is appropriate for use in community or clinical settings.
On this website, you will find the resources needed for program adoption and implementation, including:
If you are a healthcare provider and would like to learn more about HPV and the HPV vaccine recommendation, click here to access our training for clinicians: HPVCancerCoach
In the sections below, you will find a step-by-step guide on delivering the For Our Children program effectively and with fidelity. As a first step, it is important to identify who will be involved in program delivery and ensure that the resources required to deliver the program are available. To deliver the program effectively, organizations need to:
- Appoint Facilitators (CHWs, promotoras, or other health professionals) to deliver education sessions to parents.
- Appoint a Program Coordinator to oversee program delivery and evaluation.
- Download training and program materials from the For Our Children website.
- Schedule a training session for facilitators and Program Coordinators.
- Allocate needed resources, including:
- A Tablet, PC, or smartphone to view the mobile app.
- Internet access to download the app or view it online.
- Copies of the printed fotonovela or access to the online version.
Once staff and resources have been allocated, follow the steps outlined below to deliver the program.
Delivering the For Our Children program requires training. 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.
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.
Training Package components:
- Standardized training slides (English, Spanish) and script (English, Spanish, Bilingual)
- Training webinar recorded by UTHealth (English, Spanish)
- HPV knowledge quiz (English, Spanish)
- Case studies (English, Spanish)
- Training evaluation (English, Spanish)
- Program Manual (English, Spanish)
- Step-by-step guide for parent education (English, Spanish)
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 delivering the program and builds the communication skills required to educate parents about HPV and the HPV vaccine.
To download the training presentation, click here.
This program educates parents about HPV and motivates 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 children aged 9-17 who have not started or completed the HPV vaccine series.
The program includes two educational resources facilitators use to educate parents about HPV and address any concerns about the HPV vaccine.
- TIMI (interactive video): A tailored, interactive video about HPV and HPV vaccination available in English and Spanish. Parents can also choose to hear information about HPV vaccination relevant to boys or girls. The TIMI is available as an online video and a mobile app.
- Online TIMI.
- Mobile app TIMI (available at the Google Play Store and Apple App store)
- For a printable TIMI QR code, click here.
- Fotonovela: The fotonovela is a 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. A printable electronic version can be found here: English and Spanish
Education sessions take approximately 30-40 minutes and can be delivered in clinical or community settings. Click here for a detailed, printable step-by-step guide on delivering an HPV education session to parents.
A Step-by-Step Guide:
- Thank parents for participating in the For Our Children (Por Nuestros Hijos) program.
- Decide on a delivery method: TIMI or fotonovela
- Implement the educational session.
- Clarify questions and provide handouts.
- Provide referral information and help them schedule an appointment for vaccination.
- Congratulate parents for taking the first step in protecting their child against HPV-related cancers and genital warts. Remind parents that 2 to 3 doses of the HPV vaccine are required depending on their child’s age.
Education sessions take approximately 30-40 minutes and can be delivered in clinical or community settings.
Click here for a detailed printable step-by-step guide on how to deliver an HPV education session to parents.
Want to learn more about our programs, trainings, educational materials, and social media toolkits? Would you like to collaborate with us or invite us to your clinic/event?
Contact our Program Coordinator, Ileska Valencia, at email@example.com for more information on our HPV prevention programs.
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.