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What is the For Our Children parent education program?

For Our Children (Por Nuestros Hijos) is designed to educate 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.

On this website, you will find the resources needed for program adoption and implementation, including:

  • Program planning
  • Staff training
  • Parent education
  • Program evaluation

Click here for information on HPVCancerCoach health provider HPV knowledge and vaccine recommendation provider training.

Click here for additional information on HPV and the For Our Children/HPVCancerCoach multilevel intervention.

Program Planning

For Our Children includes educational resources, which health professionals can use to educate parents about HPV, and motivate them to vaccinate their adolescent children. The program is appropriate for use in community or clinical settings. This section provides a step-by-step guide on how to use the For Our Children program.

 

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The first step is identifying who will deliver the program and what resources they 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 on how to use the program.
  4. Schedule a training session for staff.
  5. Allocate the resources needed to deliver the program (tablet or PC and internet access).
  6. Download training materials and print program resources.

See the Program Manual for more information.

Program Adoption

As a first step, it is essential 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:

1. Plan ahead

2. Deliver training

3. Evaluate training

4. Evaluate the program

To deliver the For Our Children program effectively and with fidelity, please refer to our program manual and follow the step-by-step guide.

 

  • Program Adoption

    Program Adoption

    As a first step, it is essential 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:

    1. Plan ahead

    2. Deliver training

    3. Evaluate training

    4. Evaluate the program

    To deliver the For Our Children program effectively and with fidelity, please refer to our program manual and follow the step-by-step guide.

     

  • Plan ahead

    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).
       
  • Deliver training

    Deliver staff training

    • Create a folder for each staff member, including:
      1. Presentation slides and training script
      2. HPV quiz
      3. Case studies
      4. HPV resources for parents and health care professionals
    • Deliver the training using standardized slides and scripts.
       

  • Evaluate training

    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.

  • Evaluate program

    Evaluate the program

    • Conduct a systematic gathering, analysis, and reporting of data. 
    • Monitor how well the program works in your community/organization and identify areas for improvement.
    • Record and report the number of parents educated, the number of adolescents referred for HPV vaccination, and, where possible, follow up with parents to determine the number of adolescents vaccinated as a result of the program. 

Staff training

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

 

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. 

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To download the complete package, click here.

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Parent education

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 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.

  • TIMI (interactive video): A tailored interactive video about HPV and HPV vaccination available in English and Spanish. Parents can also choose o hear information about HPV vaccination relevant to boys or girls. Click here to access the TIMI. 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.

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.

parent training

 

 

A Step by Step Guide:

1. Thank parents for participating in the For Our Children (Por Nuestros Hijos) program.

2. Decide on a delivery method: TIMI or fotonovela

3. Implement the educational session.

    * Click here to access the TIMI or a printable TIMI QR code.

            A printable electronic version of the fotonovela can be found here.

4. Clarify questions and provide handouts.

5. Provide referral information and/or help them schedule an appointment for vaccination.

6. 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.

 

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Click on the tabs below to find program materials that will help you implement the For Our Children Program. Links will provide access to downloadable materials that you can use in both clinical and community setting. Some are provided in an editable format so you can customize them for your setting.

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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 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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